The Leeds United midfielder struggled again on Sunday.
Leeds United’s Lewis Baker during the Sky Bet Championship match between City and Leeds United at Liberty Stadium on August 21, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.
New year, but more of the same from Leeds United midfielder Lewis Baker.
The 23-year-old has really struggled since joining Leeds on loan from Premier League side Chelsea, where he earns £20,000 per week [Spotrac].
Sunday’s trip to QPR in the FA Cup represented Baker’s first chance to impress Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa in 2019, but the midfielder let down his Argentine coach.
He posted a performance which reminded Leeds fans why he has only started two Championship games all season.
Baker, who played once since November before today, was sloppy in possession and struggled to win the ball back when he did lose it.
And here’s how fans of the Yorkshire giants reacted to his performance in this afternoon’s 2-1 defeat in London.
Baker is awful …….
— J-MO (@J_MO80) January 6, 2019
How bad is Lewis Baker? Surely there are better CM’s out there we can bring in? Can’t pass or influence a game #lufc
— Jamie Abbott (@Jamie_A01) January 6, 2019
Lewis Baker has yet to show any signs of being decent, what motivates you if your a Chelsea academy player? Enough cash already and no chance of playing first team footy, go on loan an play but not really be arsed? That’s what it looks like I’m afraid. #lufc
— Jamie (@jhealey89) January 6, 2019
This shows how far Baker is from first team standard. His loan deal looks stranger by the day. #lufc
— Brandon Yates (@BielsasEnganche) January 6, 2019
Please take Baker off
— Ohhhh Gary Kelly! (@BuntyLUFC) January 6, 2019
Baker looks weak and lost at times #LUFC
— Edward Lyttel (@EdwardLyttel) January 6, 2019
Baker too far away from Forshaw when ball turns over. Leaves holes in centre of midfield. You’re not playing No 10 mate! #lufc
— David Eddy (@sonofedd) January 6, 2019
Lewis Baker is very loose and sloppy when under pressure. #lufc
— Matt (@_mattf7) January 6, 2019
Also Lewis Baker needs to stop wearing an #LUFC shirt now and Roberts has let his opportunity slip a bit today
— Mr Glassalfempty (@DRobinson92) January 6, 2019
Baker is a good player but for whatever reason, it really hasn’t worked out under Bielsa with United, to the point where you have to ask if he is a valuable squad member.
Leeds could and probably should consider sending him back to West London. The 63-year-old coach can ill afford any passengers as Leeds plot Premier League promotion and, well, Baker just hasn’t contributed all that much to the cause.