DATE OF BIRTH*25 April 1995
A two-footed creative and technical midfield player, Lewis Baker has been with Chelsea since the Under-10s age group.
He scored once in 19 appearances for our youth team while still a schoolboy in 2010/11 and the following season was the joint-top appearance maker with 22 games played. He was also the regular penalty-taker, the source of four of his five goals.
Baker also made one start and three substitute appearances for the reserves in his debut campaign as a scholar, before signing a professional contract in the summer. The 2012/13 season was one to remember, with a host of appearances under his belt and captaincy responsibilities coming his way.
An ever-present in both the NextGen Series and FA Youth Cup campaigns, Baker chipped in with vital goals from midfield, including two in our 4-3 NextGen semi-final win over Arsenal in Italy, and though we ended up losing the final to Aston Villa, the European competition finished on a positive personal note for the midfielder as he was named player of the tournament.
Baker was rewarded for an impressive start to the 2013/14 campaign when he was named on the first team substitutes’ bench for our 2-0 Capital One Cup win over Swindon Town in September 2013 and, although he remained unused on that occasion, he did make his first team debut four months later in a 2-0 FA Cup victory at Derby County.
At Under-21 and Under-19 level he had a fine season, impressing to such an extent that he was named Chelsea Young Player of the Year 2013/14 and also won the club’s Goal of the Season, voted for by supporters, for a back-heel strike in an Under-21 match away against Arsenal at the Emirates. His campaign came to an end in fitting fashion on the field as well as he netted the winning goal to clinch the Barclays Under-21 Premier League title against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Baker signed a new five-year contract in August 2014 and was a member of Jose Mourinho's first team squad for the first half of the 2014/15 campaign. It was announced on 8 January 2015 that he was moving on loan to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday. He returned to Chelsea a month later and then to MK Dons on loan from 25 February until the end of the season.
Baker enjoyed a productive spell at MK Dons as they secured automatic promotion to the Championship. During his time there the midfielder scored three goals in eight starts and 12 substitute appearances.
It was announced on 26 June 2015 that Chelsea had agreed terms with Vitesse Arnhem for him to spend the 2015/16 season on loan at the Dutch club. Included in the five goals he scored during his 25 starts and nine sub appearances in Holland was a right-foot strike from distance at De Graafschaap in February 2016. It was voted Vitesse's goal of the season.
Baker's loan was extended for a further season in June 2016 and he continued on as a mainstay of the Vitesse midfield, upping his scoring rate to the extent he found the net four games in succession in the autumn and had scored nine in total by the end of January. Included were his trademark free-kicks.
He then scored twice in the Dutch Cup semi-final and played in the final when AZ Alkmaar were defeated 2-0 to secure Vitesse's first ever piece of major silverware. In total, Baker made 39 appearances and scored 15 goals during the 2016/17 season.
In the summer of 2017 Baker was part of the Chelsea squad which travelled to Asia for our summer tour, where he featured in matches against Arsenal and Bayern Munich.
On 11 August, it was announced he had signed a new five-year contract at Stamford Bridge and would be spending the 2017/18 season on loan at Middlesbrough. In a season affected by injury and managerial changes at the Riverside, Baker made 14 appearances, scoring two goals.
At the end of June 2018, it was announced he would be spending another season on loan in the Championship, this time at Leeds United.
Baker represented England at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-19 levels before being called in to the Under-20 squad.
In an Under-20s' 6-0 win against Romania he captained the side and scored the fourth goal from the penalty spot.
In October 2014, he was called up to the England Under-21 squad for the first time for their European Championship qualifier play-off against Croatia without making his debut. He represented England at Under-20 level as they finished fourth at the Toulon Tournament in the summer of 2015, wearing the captain's armband in the games he started.
The 2016 Toulon Tournament was one of even greater success. Baker was awarded the Golden Boot as England Under-21s won the competition, his four goals including the opener in the final against host nation France.
The midfielder started all three of England's group games at the 2017 European Under-21 Championships, and scored his first goal of the tournament from the penalty spot in a 3-0 win over Poland.