Antonio Conte’s success in the transfer window cannot just be measured by the number of players he has added to ranks of the Blues, the Italian tactician has recouped huge funds for the Premier league champions but he is not resting on that.
England international and Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker has agreed to join Middlesbrough on a two-year loan move after agreeing to sign an extension with Chelsea, this report is according to Goal.
Baker is a Chelsea academy graduate – he joined the Blues academy as a 9-year old but ascended the grades of the club and broke into the first team with a substitute cameo against Derby County in 2014.
Jose Mourinho was really impressed with the midfielder and said he should be held responsible if the player does not become a Three Lion squad member under his management. However, Baker struggled to nick a place in the first team of Chelsea and he has been sent on various loan spells.
Baker spent the last two seasons on loan at Dutch side Vitesse, where he played regularly. The 22-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Reading, Birmingham City and Aston Villa but he favoured a move to Middlesbrough, as he’s been guaranteed regularly game time by Gary Monk.
He has been signed as a direct replacement for Marten De Roon, who joined Seria A side Atalanta.
Chelsea currently have a chunk of talented midfielders and it will be difficult for Baker to dislodge any of the stars to a place. The youngster featured for Chelsea in their pre-season game but he did not impress Conte enough to keep at the club.