Chelsea proved to have too much for Aston Villa in the under-21 Premier League game, as midfield duo John Swift and Lewis Baker came away with the plaudits. However, where do the two talents go from here?
England youth internationals John Swift and Lewis Baker starred as Chelsea kept pace with under-21 table toppers Liverpool after their 4-2 win at Aston Villa.
Lampard-like John Swift claimed the first two goals of the night, whilst Lewis Baker scored the last two to make sure the Blues went home with all three points. And it's not the first time the Chelsea duo have grabbed the headlines for the under-21s this season.
The central-midfield pair have scored a staggering 28 goals between them, along with 19 assists. An incredible achievement considering Chelsea have only played 19 under-21 Premier League games.
Both players have stuck it out at Stamford Bridge, despite the high number of Chelsea youngsters leaving on-loan over the course of the season. The likes of Piazon, Bamford and Lukaku have all moved on from Stamford Bridge in order to get first-team football under their belts and for the majority of players it has been successful.
Nevertheless, the majority of Chelsea supporters, particularly those who enjoy the development side, will be thankful that the club have managed to keep hold of two of their most promising prospects. Chelsea supporters are now predicting big things for the dynamic duo as their most recent performance against Aston Villa, certainly caught the attention.
A few Chelsea supporters even took to Twitter to voice their opinion...
John Swift has to make it at Chelsea. What a player.— H (@Hassan241) April 14, 2014
— Big Harry Carter (@BigHCarter) April 14, 2014
John swift... He's looking very very very good. No joke. Added goals to his game:— Leo Ross (@MrMeeds) April 14, 2014
Lewis Baker should be in the first team next season, if not a loan at a Pl club. He's just too good for this U18 stuff.— Vikram. (@MexesHilton) April 14, 2014
What a finish from Lewis Baker!!!— Damilare Banire (@DamiB97) April 14, 2014
So glad yo see Lewis Baker stepping up year after year in the youth team. Could EASILY become an integral part of our team— David Berry (@DavidBezza) April 14, 2014
don't think i have ever seen a more two footed player than lewis baker— Vincent Beard (@VincentBg92) April 14, 2014
However, despite the talents of the two Chelsea stars, just how reasonable is it to predict first-team football for them?
@TheMajestic9 I like him, but I like a lot of our U21s. Issue being they are unlikely to ever be given game time here.— Joe (@JoeTweeds) April 14, 2014
Swift and Baker, at the moment would do well to make a significant impact on the Championship - something similar to Bamford's impact at Derby.
Although, the duo light up the under-21 league, their chances of breaking past the likes of Matic, Mikel, Ramires, Lampard, Willian, Oscar et al is very difficult.
I believe the best situation for both the players and Chelsea next season would be for the duo to head out on loan, but more importantly, head out on loan to the same club.
The partnership and the chemistry between the players is something Chelsea don't want to lose - for both their sake and England's.