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Lewis Baker - Chelsea's young midfield maestro

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Name: Lewis Renard Baker

DOB: 25/4/1995

Place of birth: Luton

Age: 17

Club: Chelsea FC

Position: CM, LM, RM, AML, AMR, AM

Foot: Both

Lewis Baker is a versatile footballer who can play across midfield and the attacking midfield positions. He currently plays for Chelsea's U21 side as well as the U19 side who currently competes in the NextGen series.

The son of a former world champion powerlifter, Lewis made headlines in 2005 when he moved from Luton Town to join Chelsea at the age of nine after he impressed their scouts in a youth tournament. Chelsea were not the only club interested in him. According to his father, scouts from QPR, Charlton, Aston Villa, Derby, Wimbledon and Arsenal caught the eye of the talented youngster. Lewis is said to be able to do up to 600 keep-ups in one session.

Initially he was a striker. But after moving up through the ranks, the coaches saw that he has the qualities of being a top central midfielder. Since then, he has excelled in his new position.

Lewis made his Chelsea academy debut as a schoolboy during the 2010-11 season after being a part of the club's victorious Milk Cup squad in August 2010. He made 19 appearances in that season. He scored his first goal in spectacular fashion, firing home from the edge of the box against MK Dons in March 2011.

In the following season,, he was the joint appearance maker with 22 games played. He was the regular penalty-taker, the source of four out of his five goals. That season provided to be rather successful for Lewis as he was a driving force behind the team's run to 2011-12 FA Youth Cup victory, having played in every game and even scoring in the final.

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Skip to 1:14 to see his goal

His performances in the FA youth cup earned recognition and selection by Dermot Drummy at Reserve level, something which would continue into the 2012-13 season as he became an Under-21 regular. This season, Lewis has played 16 U21 games and has scored 6 goals. He also has six assists to his name as well.

Lewis has played a key part in Chelsea's NextGen series campaign. He has been handed the captain's armband and he has produced some amazing displays in Chelsea's run to the semi-final. His finest moment came in the 4-1 thumping of Juventus in the quarter-finals of the tournament. Baker scored two, one a fantastic strike from 20 yards, and helped Chelsea stroll to victory with a assured performance. With deadly striker Islam Feruz ahead of him, Baker has pulled the strings and is the heartbeat of his team.

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Skip to 0:55 and 11:45 to see his goals

Lewis was called up to the England Under-16 training camp for the 2010 Victory Shield series but failed to earn a cap. He was then selected with the same group of players for the England Under-17 squad and proved to be excellent in the 2011 Nordic Cup tournament. He has 7 caps for the U17 side and he has scored once. He earned an Under-19 call-up in October 2012 but withdrew from the squad injured. He made his U19 debut last month in the 3-1 win over Denmark. Lewis currently has 2 caps for the U19 side.

Lewis is a technically gifted footballer. He his capable of using both feet to the same competence. He is a creative midfielder who likes to control proceedings and dictate the tempo of the game. He has incredible passing range and his capable of shooting from distance. He his a reliable penalty taker and he is decent defensively. His playing style closely resembles to the likes of Santi Cazorla and Andres Iniesta. Lewis is highly regarded by the Chelsea youth coaches and I strongly believe that he'll turn out to be a good player in the future. He is one to look out for.

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Re: Lewis Baker - Chelsea's young midfield maestro

He just scored to make it 2-1 for Chelsea in the NextGen series semi-final. He's been looking good. His set-pieces look dangerous. He did miss a penalty, but Feruz tapped in the rebound.

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Re: Lewis Baker - Chelsea's young midfield maestro

He just scored to make it 2-1 for Chelsea in the NextGen series semi-final. He's been looking good. His set-pieces look dangerous. He did miss a penalty' date=' but Feruz tapped in the rebound.[/quote']

Scores again to make it 4-3. Fantastic work from Swift who passed the ball across the box and Baker tapped it in the net.

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