Chelsea starlet Lewis Baker happy to try his luck in Holland with Vitesse Arnhem
Lewis Baker believes more English players should take the plunge and try their luck abroad, with the midfielder confident his loan move to Holland with Vitesse Arnhem will boost his first-team chances at Chelsea.
David Beckham, Owen Hargreaves and Ashley Cole are amongst just a handful of high-profile Three Lions internationals to have bucked the trend and plied their trade overseas in recent decades.
A number of younger players are making the move, though, with Vitesse capitalising on their Chelsea ties to coax English talent to Arnhem. Amongst those currently on loan with the Dutch side are Izzy Brown, Dominic Solanke (pictured) and Baker, who believes experiencing life abroad can be hugely beneficial. The opportunity to play with Vitesse certainly appears to benefit all parties, with Nemanja Matic, Christian Atsu and Patrick van Aanholt amongst those to temporarily swap west London for the GelreDome.
Baker is determined to make the move to Holland a success and the spring board to success at Chelsea, where he has a contract at until 2019 and has been since the Under-9s age group.
That is Baker's long-term goal but for now he is only concerned about bringing success to Vitesse - something which appears unlikely in the Europa League given Southampton arrive for the return leg of their third qualifying round tie boasting a three-goal cushion.
"Southampton finished the chances they had and hopefully we can do the same tomorrow," said Baker.