When will Lewis Baker get a chance at Chelsea?

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The 19-year-old midfielder has made just one appearance for Jose Mourinho’s men.

The Luton born youngster is destined to have a great footballing future, with his reputation cemented as one of the most promising youngsters in English football.

He made his debut for the Blues first-team as an 87th minute substitute in an FA Cup third round tie against Derby County last season, before leading the Under-21 side to Premier League glory - netting the winning goal in the final of the tournament against Manchester United.

Compared to Blues legend Frank Lampard, the recently appointed England Under-20’s captain was rewarded for his tally of 17 goals in 31 games last season with a promotion to Jose Mourinho’s first-team set up, and he made his first matchday squad of the season on Wednesday evening, as Chelsea hosted Bolton in the third round of the League Cup.

However, he failed to enter the fray, leaving him watching the action from the substitutes bench.

With the Blues leading 2-1 heading into the final five minutes, courtesy of goals from full debutant Kurt Zouma and Oscar, Mourinho removed Mohamed Salah from play in place of Eden Hazard. As injury time started, Nemanja Matic then replaced Nathan Ake, appearing for roughly five minutes of action.

Why two key players came on as the game died to a close remains to be seen, with both set to star in the return of the Premier League this weekend, but Mourinho's refusal to trust youngsters is something that could cost the Blues the talents of not just Baker, but a host of their highly rated academy prospects.

The game was a tough battle for Chelsea, but it had been killed off by the arrival of both Hazard and Matic. Baker could have come on in place of Salah to further shore up the midfield, or he could have replace fellow 19-year-old Ake to act an as attacking outlet in the final few minutes.

Whilst Ake started the game, at the same age as Baker, he has had to wait for his chance in the first-team, making his debut a number of years ago. And he can still only find a starting place in a cup tie against weaker opposition.

Mourinho did not want to see Baker leave the club on loan this season, naming him as part of the first-team squad. However, the coach may be best served to let the youngster leave, with first-team action all but guaranteed at a Championship club looking for an explosive midfielder.

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