Leeds United’s success in the 2019/20 campaign is in no small part due to their summer loan signings.
Brighton loanee Ben White has looked at home at the heart of the Whites backline, starting every Championship game and helping them to concede the fewest goals and keep the most clean sheets in the division.
No player has contributed to more goals this season for Marcelo Bielsa’s men than on-loan Manchester City winger Jack Harrison, who has scored twice and provided five assists.
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Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah is yet to start in the league but is the joint-top scorer this season and has provided some important goals so far.
One man who did not have that sort of effect at Elland Road is Lewis Baker. The Chelsea midfielder joined on a season-long loan last summer but struggled to have much of an impact on the first-team, mostly being restricted to substitute and cup appearances before the Blues recalled him in January.
He joined Reading for the second half of the 2018/19 campaign but has gone further afield this season, joining Bundesliga side Fortuna Dusseldorf on loan for the season.
The move was not the 24-year-old’s first to a foreign club, having spent two seasons with Vitesse in the Eredivisie, but is arguably the highest-level he played at during his career.
The central midfielder became a mainstay in the first-team after that, starting five of his next six Bundesliga games, however, following a run of three consecutive defeats Baker lost his place in the side and has failed to regain it since.
The Englishman has not featured for Dusseldorf since the start of November and will surely be hoping to use the international break to try and prove to Friedhelm Funkel that he can help the side kick-start their season.
The German side are 13th in the Bundesliga at the moment–just two points away from the relegation zone. If Baker is to prove that he deserves a chance at Chelsea, he will need to fight his way into the team and prove he can be the catalyst for turning Dusseldorf’s fortunes around.