Lewis Baker

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Lewis Baker
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0Full Name Lewis Renard Baker
0Date of Birth 25 April 1995
0Place of Birth Luton, England
0Position Attacking midfielder
0Chelsea career 2005 -
0Debut 5 January 2014
0Games (goals) 1 (0)
0Other clubs Luton Town

Lewis Baker (born 25 April 1995 in Luton, England) is an attacking midfielder who currently plays for Chelsea, primarily for the Under-21 team. He joined the club at the age of nine, and made his first team debut in January 2014.

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Before Chelsea

Lewis joined Chelsea from Luton Town in 2005 after being scouted in a junior youth competition. He is the son of former world champion powerlifter Audley Baker, and has the rare gift of being able to use either foot to the same proficiency.

Chelsea career

Lewis made his Chelsea academy debut as a schoolboy during the 2010-11 season after being a part of the club's victorious Milk Cup squad in August 2010. He scored his first goal in spectacular fashion, firing home from the edge of the box against MK Dons in March 2011.

A regular in the team for 2011-12, Lewis can play in any central midfield role or out wide and has grown into a player who looks to take control of the game and help his team out.

He was in exceptional form in the second half of the season, finishing with seven goals to his name, and was a driving force behind the team's run to 2011-12 FA Youth Cup victory, and earned recognition and selection by Dermot Drummy at Reserve level, something which would continue into the 2012-13 season as he became an Under-21 regular.

He also served as captain for both the 2012-13 FA Youth Cup and 2012-13 NextGen Series campaigns, both competitions which Chelsea reached the Final of before falling short at the last. He reached double figures in goals across all competitions and established himself as one of the club's players of the season at junior age level, and then continued in the same vein when 2013-14 kicked off, with goals and assists coming in their usual steady and plentiful supply.

International

Lewis was called up to the England Under-16 training camp for the 2010 Victory Shield series but failed to earn a cap. He was then selected with the same group of players for the England Under-17 squad and proved to be excellent in the 2011 Nordic Cup tournament.

He has also earned representation at Under-18 and Under-19 level, becoming an Under-19 regular during the 2012-13 season.

Statistics

Youth, Reserve and Under-21 Football

Season Under-18 European Under-21 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2010-11 19 1 - - 0 0 19 1
2011-12 30 7 - - 4 0 34 7
2012-13 9 4 10 4 16 6 35 14
2013-14 0 0 6 3 10 4 16 7
Total 58 12 16 7 30 10 104 29

(Statistics accurate as of December 27th 2013)

First team

Season Prem FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2013-14 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Correct as of 6 January 2014

Career honours

Contract

Lewis signed a new contract on July 29th 2013 which expires at the end of the 2015-16 season. 1

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