Lewis Baker is considered one of the brightest prospects in the Chelsea ranks and has been earmarked as a potential Blues and England captain for the future.
England youth international captain Baker, who is just 19-years-old, is a few years off consistent first-team football with the Blues, although he made his debut last season in the FA Cup victory over Derby County. He was a consistent member of Jose Mourinho’s training sessions prior to his loan spell, although he failed to make a name for himself during a loan stint with Championship side Sheffield Wednesday earlier this campaign.
Four appearances did little to show off his talents, and many will be hoping that his loan with the Dons progresses in a more positive fashion.
In joining MK Dons, the central midfielder has followed in the footsteps of another English Chelsea prospect, Patrick Bamford, who spent just over a year with the League One side across two seasons. Between moving to stadiumMK in November 2012 and January 2014, the 21-year-old forward netted 18 goals in 37 games. He is considered a potential England star of the future, and is currently enjoying a promising spell with Middlesbrough in the race for promotion from the Championship, although breaking into the Chelsea first-team could be a step too far.
However, the sense that Chelsea could soon have a team dominated by youth prospects is a future that will delight fans of both the Blues and the English national team, and Baker has told the official Dons website that Bamford is good to enough to play in the Premier League, and that he wants to emulate the striker's success in League One.
“Patrick’s a great player and a great person,” the youngster said. “He’s now in the Championship and I personally think he could play in the Premier League. He came here and did really well and hopefully I can too.”
It is expected that Bamford will return to Stamford Bridge in the summer with the view of impressing enough to secure a place in Jose Mourinho’s first-team. Baker, despite training with the first-team on many occasions, looks far from properly making a name for himself, and it will likely be a few more years until he is a consistent fixture in Mourinho’s plans.