Reading manager Mark Bowen has said to Berkshire Live that it is unlikely that the Royals will be making an effort to bring former loan favourite Lewis Baker back to the club in the January transfer window.

Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker spent the second half of last season on loan with Reading after a disappointing stint with fellow Championship side Leeds United in the first half of the campaign. In his time at the Madejski Stadium, Baker’s performances made him popular among fans and many were sad to see him return to his parent club.

The 24-year-old scored once and providing one assist in 19 appearances for the club and once his spell with Reading came to an end, he returned to Chelsea before heading to Germany on loan with Fortuna Dusseldorf. In his time with the Bundesliga side, he has made seven appearances and with the January transfer window around the corner, it has been speculated that he could return to England earlier than planned.

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And, with reports in Germany suggesting he could return to England and head out on loan again, Reading boss Mark Bowen has moved answer questions regarding a possible return move for Baker. When asked if the club would move to bring him back on loan, Bowen said:

“I wouldn’t have thought so. I know Lewis from last year and he did a very good job for us. I fully understand – he had an affinity with the fans at the back end of last season and he was playing well.

“But if somebody said you had to make a decision right here and now I would go no. Is he any better than the players we have there at the moment who are trying their hearts out for the club? I don’t think so. We’ll have to see.”