Garry Monk confirms Middlesbrough interest in Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker

Garry Monk confirms Middlesbrough interest in Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker

Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk has confirmed he’s interested in acquiring the services of Chelsea youngster Lewis Baker.

The 22-year-old midfielder sees his present deal with the Blues expire in June 2019 but chances of him playing under Antonio Conte in the forthcoming season looks remote.

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It’s been the case since graduating from the club’s academy, having spent the last three seasons on loan at various clubs, and that seems to be the case again with Monk keen to bring him to the Championship side.

“He’s a target and one of many that we’ve had throughout the summer months,” he told the club’s official website.

“We’ll see where that will get to within the coming days.”

“It’s been a big transition this year, it’s never easy for a club when you have to make a big transition of players coming and going which we’ve had to do,” he added.

“In terms of the way we’re going to play and approach this season it was needed. It’s been great with the club, they’ve done extremely well with comings and goings.”

The life of Baker

Baker to date has only made one solitary appearance for Chelsea, totalling three minutes, when he came on against Derby County in January 2014.

Much of his professional life has been out on loan with him representing Sheffield Wednesday, MK Dons and most recently Vitesse Arnhem.

Lewis Baker boasted a shot accuracy of 44% for Vitesse in the Eredivisie last season.

Baker’s most prolific spell came across two seasons at Vitesse where he registered 20 goals and 11 assists in 73 appearances for the Dutch side.

In his final campaign the England under-21 international helped the Gelderland-based club to win their first major piece of silverware in their 125-year history when Henk Fraser’s men lifted the KNVB Beker.