Just a month and four appearances after arriving at Hillsborough in January 2015, Chelsea recalled the talented midfielder after he was left out of a matchday squad for a Championship clash with Cardiff City, the Daily Mail reports.
The Premier League giants obviously had very high hopes for Baker and were unwilling to letting him stagnate on the bench, even if his opportunities at Chelsea amounted to little more than the prospect of a run out in the early rounds of the EFL Cup.
Yet, two years on, a player Jose Mourinho once tipped emphatically for England remains contracted to Chelsea though without adding to his single appearance for the club all the way back in 2013/14. Instead, he is mired in the capital club’s extensive loan legion, spending the season at Dutch affiliate club Vitesse Arnhem alongside Matt Miazga and Nathan.
However, like Izzy Brown last season, Baker is proving in mainland Europe that he is ready to make the next step following nine often spectacular goals from midfield in the Eredivisie. The next step is unlikely to be the Stamford Bridge first-team, however, despite Antonio Conte showing more trust in youth than Jose Mourinho ever did.
Baker has unfinished business at Sheffield Wednesday so what are the prospects of a return to Hillsborough in the summer? Carlos Carvalhal’s side could certainly do with his goal threat from midfield. Only Huddersfield and Derby have scored fewer goals than The Owls in the top ten.
At just 21, another loan looks likely this season and perhaps Wednesday should take inspiration from Brown’s sensational performances at play-off rivals Huddersfield, netting three times since joining on loan from Chelsea in January, as a way to take them to the next level without spending a penny.