Sheffield Wednesday fans give verdict on Chelsea's Lewis Baker following disappointing loan spell

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Sheffield Wednesday supporters seemed unfazed by the loss of youngster Lewis Baker following his recall back to Chelsea

Sheffield Wednesday fans believe Chelsea youngster Lewis Baker failed to live up to his billing as one of the best young players in the country following a disappointing loan spell.

On Tuesday evening, the South Yorkshire club posted on their club website that the 19-year-old had been recalled by the Blues with immediate effect. It brought a disappointing and short-lived loan spell to an end and Mourinho will now surely weigh up his options with what to do with a player he has high hopes for.

Following the announcement, Wednesday supporters seemed unfazed about losing the midfielder, who had made just four appearances for the club, and gave mixed reviews over his ability.

Reaction from fans on Owlstalk.co.uk:

‘’There are dozens of his type’’

‘’Got talent but doesn't fit in to our system so good luck to the lad in future.’’

‘’Personal opinion - It's ok being 'a Chelsea player' at youth level but when you start getting close to 20 and then beyond that then you have to play football.’’

‘’I love how these youth players are very highly rated, pretty sure the same was said of Hallam Hope and where is he now - Bury, permanent deal.’’

‘’Did look very lightweight for the Championship though. Looked a good impact player off the bench, but other than that he seemed to waiver and go anonymous in the couple he started.’’

‘’As predicted. When you bring a player like Baker in, you gotta use him or lose him. Talented lad, but [Lewis] McGugan is light years ahead.‘’

‘’Undoubtably talented, but his physique reminds me of a young Gerrard....too lightweight for "the mans game". If he turns out to be half the player SG has been, when he beefs up a bit, he'll be a real asset to the game. One to watch for the future I reckon.’’

Analysis:

Baker is a player that has shone consistently for a very good Chelsea youth side, so it is a surprise that he did struggle to make an impact in the Championship.

Although it’s unlikely that he will be brought straight into the Blues first-team, Jose Mourinho clearly has aspirations for the 19-year-old and will want him to realise his potential sooner rather than later – something he needs to be playing competitive first-team football to do.

With the loan window still open, Mourinho will have another chance to get him out on loan to a club in the English second division with the hope of a better result. And with the relegation and promotion race hotting up, a number of teams could open the door in order to get a player of his quality in their side.

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