Lewis Baker has stressed that it was the need to play as much football as possible that led to his Leeds United exit, with the midfielder focused on helping new employers Reading away from the Championship’s relegation zone.
Leeds moved to confirm Baker’s exit on social media last night, which was shortly followed by an announcement from Reading, who have moved to sign the 23-year-old on loan from Chelsea for the remainder on the 2018/19 campaign.
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During the opening 26 fixtures of the Championship season, Baker has started just twice for Leeds, against Bolton and Reading. However, both those appearances were cut short at half-time, with Marcelo Bielsa ruthless with his approach with the midfielder.
Now, discussing his move with Reading’s official website, Baker has spoken out: “There have been a few times that Reading have called, but I think this is the right time for me.
“I want to get as much game-time as possible, which is what I need at the moment. Anyone who knows me personally knows how much I like football and how much I want to play.
“I want to help the club out in the situation that they’re in at the moment, and start climbing the table. It’s a new chapter in my career; I’m excited for the challenge ahead and I can’t wait to get started.”
Baker swaps promotion-chasing Leeds for Reading, who are fighting at the other end of the table and looking to maintain their Championship status this year.
The Royals have won just four times so far this season and are without a win in their last 10 Championship fixtures, whilst Jose Gomes’ side were also beaten by Manchester United in the third round of the FA Cup last time out.
Next up for the Royals is a home clash with Nottingham Forest on Saturday afternoon, where Baker could debut.
It’s completely fair enough that Baker wanted to play football, in many ways, it’s great to see a young player chasing regular game time than glory.
The midfielder has plenty of quality and after this move, he has to step up and show what he’s about.
Reading need the 23-year-old to roll up his sleeves and dig in, as they look destined for a tough couple of months.
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