Leeds have officially completed a season-long-loan of talented Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker this morning. It looks like the deal was done yesterday and Leeds held off until this morning to tease social media with two posts before revealing the deal minutes later.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) June 30, 2018
For a change we aren’t hearing the normal robotic interview when a player arrives saying that the club is huge and needs to go back “where it belongs” because what has brought Lewis Baker to Leeds United is quite simply more than the fact it’s Leeds United. Marcelo Bielsa is the main reason, the fact he’s at Leeds United and the club is big is the bonus.
Marcelo Bielsa is a huge deal for Leeds United because one thing is for sure, had Paul Heckingbottom been at Leeds United, or indeed Thomas Christiansen then Lewis Baker probably wouldn’t have bothered, he wants to be coached by a quality coach and after struggling to get chances under Garry Monk and Tony Pulis last season this move was key.
Baker (23) has represented England through the youth levels and up until the under 21’s and has a fine goalscoring record for the national sides. His big move came when he headed to Chelsea’s feeder club in Holland Vitesse, he nagged 15 goals over tow years and had the chance to experience first-team football, helping the club to their first Dutch cup in their 125 year history.
Leeds fans will hope this is the start of a series of deals with Jamal Blackman and Matej Vydra the most talked about in recent days as well as David Stockdale, Abel Hernandez and Lewis Grabban. Tere has been just 12 first-team players training with Marcelo Bielsa as the rest have been put with the under 23’s or told not to bother even coming back.