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Owls land Chelsea starlet Lewis Baker

8 January 2015

  • Lewis Baker joins Sheffield Wednesday
  • Chelsea starlet pens youth loan deal
  • 19-year-old eligible to feature at The City Ground

Sheffield Wednesday have signed Chelsea starlet Lewis Baker on a youth loan deal which has the scope to run for the remainder of the season.

The 19-year-old has risen through the Stamford Bridge youth system to become one of the London giants’ brightest young stars.

The revered midfielder joined Chelsea as an Under-10 player and successfully worked his way through the age groups, gaining many plaudits along the way.

Baker signed professional terms with the Blues in 2012 and went on to be named Player of the Tournament in the 2012/13 European NextGen Series, which saw Chelsea reach the final.

Such was the teenager’s rapid progression towards the first team, Baker was named on the bench for the Blues’ Capital One Cup-tie with Swindon in September 2013 before making his debut the following January 2014 in the 2-0 FA Cup win over Derby.

Baker was named as Chelsea’s 2013/14 Young Player of the Year and he also won the Barclays Under-21 Goal of the Season for an eye-catching improvised finish against Arsenal.

The youngster then netted the winning goal at Old Trafford facing Manchester United to clinch the Under-21 Premier League title for the Londoners.

Ahead of the 2014/15 campaign, his rich promise was rewarded as Baker penned a new five-year contract at Stamford Bridge.

On the international stage, the two-footed schemer has represented England at Under-16, Under-17, Under-19 and Under-20 level, where he scored on his debut against Romania in September 2014.

Wednesday face Nottingham Forest at The City Ground in the Championship on Saturday and Baker is eligible to feature.

He will wear shirt number 11 for the Owls.

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