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Young Chelsea starlet is perfect to ease Leeds United's woes

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Why Leeds United should look at signing Chelsea U21 midfielder Lewis Baker as they attempt to patch up their squad for a last ditch attempt at the play-offs.

Leeds United are currently facing off the pitch battles, which is subsequently  damaging their progress on it.

The Yorkshire side are now without a win in eight games in all competitions, which includes embarrassing defeats to Rochdale and Sheffield Wednesday. And despite speculation that a takeover was due to be completed in January which would have allowed Leeds to flourish in the transfer market, nothing has materialised.

Brian McDermott acted quick to sign wingers Cameron Stewart and Jimmy Kebe, but was knocked back by the boardroom when he tried to sign Brighton [now Burnley] striker Ashley Barnes for a figure just shy of £1m.

Leeds United fans have indicated several key positions that need strengthening further if they are to make a dash for the play-offs. And one area mentioned above all else is a central midfielder.

According to Sky Sports, experienced midfielder Paul Green could be allowed to move to Championship and promotion rivals Ipswich Town.


With the money potentially saved by Paul Green moving to Ipswich, it could allow Brian McDermott to dip into the loan market and Leeds could do a lot worse than signing 18-year-old Chelsea starlet Lewis Baker.

Baker is currently one of the most highly regarded youth players in England, with 5 goals in 10 games for England U19s and captained the Chelsea NextGen side despite being one of the youngest players.

He has also experienced first team football under Jose Mourinho, officially making his Chelsea first team bow at the start of this month, coming on as a substitute in Chelsea's 2-0 FA Cup win over Derby County.

Likened to a young Frank Lampard, the advanced creative midfielder has an incredible range with both feet, as shown with his right-footed striker against Juventus in the NextGen series and a left-footed free-kick against Tottenham, including one against Schalke, which you can see below:

Hard-working, highly creative and very technical, he should be able to easily fit in with the ethos Brian McDermott is trying to install at Leeds United.

Although the signing may only patch up a big issue in the Leeds United side, he could make a huge difference to their chances of promotion this season.

image: © NextGen Series

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