When a player is sent out on loan the primary objective is, surely, to ensure that he receives a reasonable amount of first team football.
Back in the hazy days when expectation levels were high that Chelsea could make a successful defence of the Premier League crown they won last season, the decision was made to send our promising young midfielder, Lewis Baker, to Middlesbrough, on a season long loan deal.
Unfortunately, things haven`t worked out for 22-year-old Lewis up in the north-east. The youngster who is rated extremely highly by the coaching staff, at Stamford Bridge, hasn`t made a first-team appearance for the Championship club since the end of September.
Furthermore, since Tony Pulis took over the managerial helm, Lewis hasn`t featured in any of the three-games Pulis has taken charge of.
Considering the above fact, Pulis, in an interview with the local media, The Northern Echo, has admitted that he could well cut-short Baker`s loan-spell and send the player back to London.
Talking about the situation, Pulis is quoted, by our source, as having remarked,
“Lewis played in an 11-versus-11 game we organised at the training ground this week, and that was important for him because he needed that game.
“I haven`t been able to see a lot of Lewis, and that makes it very difficult to say what is going to happen or what is not going to happen with him.
“It`s just a case of sucking and seeing with where we`re at really, and waiting to see what situations arise. He`s a good lad, and he`s worked hard around the training pitch, as they all have. That`s been good.”
Continuing, Pulis talks about inheriting an unbalanced squad which will need to be trimmed before he can bring any other players in.
Quite simply, here at Chelsea Season, we suggest that if Lewis Baker isn`t getting sufficient game-time then the club should recall the youngster ASAP and re-assess where he should spend the remainder of the season, it makes perfect sense does it not!