Reading have completed the signing of Lewis Baker from Chelsea, with the midfielder joining the Royals on loan until the end of the season.
It was announced earlier that the 23-year-old’s spell at Leeds United had come to an end.
And, Chelsea have wasted little time in finding the former England U21 international a new club, with the Berkshire outfit confirming on their official site that he has joined up to help in their relegation battle.
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New boss Jose Gomes also revealed how pleased he was to land the player who has good experience in this league: “Lewis is a player of undoubted ability who, having grown up at Chelsea, has gone on to regularly represent his country at youth level.
“Importantly, he also knows what it takes to meet the demands of this division and I am looking forward to him joining the group.”
Baker struggled to establish himself as a regular under Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds in the campaign so far, with the Argentinian primarily using the midfielder from the bench, if at all.
Therefore, he will be relishing the chance to play regularly for Reading and could make his debut against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
Baker has struggled on his last few loan spells now and really needs to make an impression at the Madejski Stadium.
He has shown in the past with Vitesse and for England that he can be a very good player.
The style of play that Gomes is trying to implement should suit the midfielder and he will need to hit the ground running to help the Royals out of the trouble they’re in.
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