Appearances (Sub): 30(0)
Squad Number: 34
Date of Birth: 25.04.1995 (21)
Place of Birth: Luton (England)
At Vitesse since: Summer 2015
Lewis Baker is a highly-rated young midfielder, on loan from Chelsea. He can play in the central midfield role, but operates equally well further up the pitch, just behind the striker. He specialises in set pieces, renowned for his wicked free-kicks and frighteningly consistent corners, and seems to pull assists out of a hat wherever he plays, making him the dream sidekick for any striker.
Having drawn comparisons to Frank Lampard and Paul Gascoigne in the past, it’s obvious that the 20-year-old is very highly-rated at his parent club and hasn’t taken long to prove why since his move to Gelderland.
After an impressive pre-season in which he tore his opponents apart, particularly in the win over Asteras Tripoli, where he shone. Once the season started, he scored his first goal – a penalty – in the 3-0 win over Roda JC on the second weekend.
Baker joined Chelsea at the tender age of nine-years-old, from Luton Town’s academy in 2005. After having progressed through the ranks in West London, he became captain of the U-21 side in 2013, before making his first-team debut later that season, coming on as a late substitute in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Derby County in the FA Cup Third Round in January 2014. By May that year, he’d achieved the club’s Goal of the Season award, for a back-heeled effort against Arsenal U-21s, before also collecting the Young Player of the Year award.
At the start of 2015, he was loaned out to Sheffield Wednesday, where he made four appearances in the month-long deal, before joining MK Dons temporarily in February. Baker became in integral member of Karl Robinson’s side, who won promotion to the Championship on the last day of the season in May.
After arriving at Vitesse in June, Baker became the 15th player to make the switch between London and Arnhem, before being joined a little later by the quartet of Isaiah Brown, Nathan, Danilo Pantic and Dominic Solanke.