FORGET THE MAN Lewis Baker has finally left Chelsea after seventeen years to join Stoke on a permanent deal.
26 years old just do TWO first team appearances for the West London club during that time.
Baker joined Chelsea in 2005 when he was just nine years old, he went through the youth teams.
In the 2013/14 season, he was named the club’s Young Player of the Year.
But the once-appreciated prospect had only one appearance in the FA Cup third round in the Blues shirt.
One in the 2014 draw with Derby and eight years later, in attacked Chesterfield last week.
Baker was loaned out to a total of eight other clubs during his time at Stamford Bridge.
This includes clubs at five clubs in England’s lower tier, spending time with Sheffield Wednesday, MK Dons, Middlesbrough, Leeds and Reading.
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International campaigns include two seasons at Dutch outfit Vitesse and playing against Fortuna Dusseldorf in Germany, and Trabzonspor in Turkey.
The technically gifted midfielder becomes Stoke’s third transfer of the January transfer window.
Michael O’Neill’s side are in 10th place in the Championship, seven points above the playoffs.
The manager spoke to Official website of the club and said: “From speaking to Lewis, it is clear that he is ready to take root at a club and start his career.
“He is a very talented midfielder who will bring another dimension to our squad and we are delighted to have him with us.”
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https://www.thesun.ie/sport/football/8212671/chelsea-lewis-baker-stoke-free-transfer/ Chelsea confirm Lewis Baker has joined Stoke on a free transfer ending 17 YEARS at the club … with just TWO appearances