Lewis Baker agrees two-year Middlesbrough loan after renewing Chelsea contract

Lewis Baker of Vitesse Arnhem celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game during the Dutch KNVB Cup Semi-final match between Sparta Rotterdam and Vitesse Arnhem held at Het Kasteel

Since his debut at Stamford Bridge, Baker has been on short loan spells with clubs such as Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons, and most recently ventured to Holland side Vitesse for two seasons.

The England Under 21 global also had offers from the Premier League, but he was not convinced he would get enough chances to play.

Middlesbrough have announced the loan signing of Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker until the end of the season. "Hopefully we can do that together".

The North East outfit were relegated from the top-flight last term following a disastrous season under a combination of Aitor Karanka and Steve Agnew, with Boro finishing the campaign 12 points adrift of safety having won just five of their 38 league games.

Baker has struggled for game time at Chelsea, but impressed for England's under-21 side over the summer. He was said to have traveled and trained with the first-team for the duration of their pre-season tours in light of the ongoing midfield depth crisis, but strangely enough, never played in midfield during his minimal cameos. Baker is also a different option from any of Boro's existing central midfielders: Jonny Howson, Adam Forshaw, Adam Clayton and Adlene Guedioura. He had joined Atalanta from Heerenven in summer 2015.

Baker has been tipped as a future England worldwide by former Blues boss Jose Mourinho and has impressed when out on loan in recent seasons.

Hopefully, he'll help propel his club straight back up to the Premier League.

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