Reading FC supporters owe a huge amount of gratitude to the loanees that joined the club in January’s transfer window, as without them, you have to feel as though the Royals would have been relegated.
But under Jose Gomes, the Berkshire-based side looked like a completely different team, for all of the right reasons.
The fight and passion in this Reading team has been well and truly restored, which will be pleasing to see for the Madejski Stadium faithful.
One player in particular that has played a starring role in turning Reading’s poor run of form around since the turn of the year is Chelsea loanee, Lewis Baker.
Baker signed for the Royals in the January transfer window, and has hardly put a foot wrong since joining Gomes’ side.
The central midfielder has formed an impressive partnership in the middle alongside Andy Rinomhota and it’s been the perfect balance needed.
Baker spent the first-half of the season with promotion-chasing Leeds United, but he struggled in his time at Elland Road, and subsequently had his loan spell cut short with Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
But it didn’t take him long to make his next move, with Reading wasting no time at all in signing him for the remainder of this year’s campaign.
With the midfielder set to return to Chelsea in the summer, it seems unlikely that he’ll be able to force his way into the Blues first-team anytime soon.
At the age of 24, Baker will surely be wanting to have his long-term future resolved at the earliest of opportunities, and a move to Reading should certainly be considered.
He seems to have found his home in Berkshire, and has seen some much-needed passion injected into this Reading team, which had previously looked short of confidence.
Baker possibly isn’t up to the standard of the Premier League, but a permanent move to the Championship should be top of his list in the summer, as he simply isn’t going to be good enough for Chelsea.
An interesting summer awaits for the in-form midfielder.