Sheffield Wednesday: Gray’s delight at landing Chelsea starlet Baker

Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker.
Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker.

The Owls have been pursuing a deal for ‘quality’ Lewis Baker for six months, Stuart Gray has revealed.

Wednesday today announced the signing of the young Chelsea midfielder on a youth loan, which could run until the end of the season.

And Gray revealed his delight at finally getting his man after a long pursuit.

“I have been chasing him for six months so it’s great to get him in the building,” Gray said.

“He’s a quality player. He’s a good prospect and a good addition.

“Hopefully he will play well for us, creating and scoring goals.

“We are grateful Chelsea have allowed him to come out and develop his talent. “I know Steve Holland who is the assistant at Chelsea who has helped us.

“The most important thing is Lewis’s development. We had Sam Hutchinson. I think they were pleased with the way we treated and dealt with Sam last season.”

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Baker, named as Chelsea’s Young Player of the Year last season, signed a new five-year contract with the Premier League giants last August. His solitary appearance for the Blues came as a late substitute in their 2-0 victory at Derby County twelve months ago.

The youngster has also seven appearances for the England U17 side and has so far played 14 times for England U19, hitting nine goals.

Gray labelled Baker an ‘all-rounder’ and was impressed by the 19-year-old’s first training session with the Owls this morning.

He said: “Lewis is a goal-scoring midfielder. He can play box to box. He’s got a range of passing. He’s an all round player.

“It’s a great opportunity for him.

“He trained with us today and showed the qualities he’s got. He’s a two footed player. He can pick out a pass and score a goal.”

Baker could make his Owls debut against Nottingham Forest, who have recently been linked with him, on Saturday. He will wear shirt number 11.

Gray revealed he would like to keep Baker until the end the season but said a deal on youth loan terms remains at the mercy of Chelsea.

He said: ““We’ve got him for the next month. Ideally, we have done it until the end of the season.

“After the end of the month, they can call him back.

“It’s for both parties. If Chelsea aren’t happy with the way he’s developing they can call him back.”

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