Chelsea fans are baffled by Lewis Baker’s return to the club eight years after his debut.
On Saturday evening, Lewis Baker made an unexpected appearance in Chelsea’s FA Cup third-round match against Chesterfield, leaving Blues fans perplexed.
Lewis Baker, Chelsea’s forgotten man, has made his second appearance for the Blues, eight years after making his first at the age of 26.
When Thomas Tuchel turned to his bench in their third-round FA Cup tie against Chesterfield, his team was cruising.
Just before the hour mark, Baker was part of a double substitution with Harvey Vale to replace Christian Pulisic and Andreas Christensen.
Baker was making his second Chelsea appearance, having made his first eight years ago.
Baker came on as an 87th-minute substitute in an FA Cup third-round tie against Derby County in January 2014.
“Wtf is Baker still at the club???” one fan tweeted, accompanied by laughing emojis.
“I’m not casting any aspersions, but who benefits from keeping a player for eight years and playing him twice?” said another fan.
“How come Lewis Baker is still on our books, man? He’s 26 years old and has only played twice for us.”
“Get him out of here, man,” said a third.
“How is Lewis Baker still a Chelsea player? The man should be plying his trade in the English Championship,” a fourth tweeted.
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Last month, Baker appeared to be on his way to making his second Chelsea appearance.
Covid had wreaked havoc on Tuchel’s side ahead of Chelsea’s Carabao Cup tie with Brentford.
Baker was called up to the first-team squad to participate in training ahead of the busy Christmas period, and rumors persisted that he might be given game time.
Baker, however, tested positive for Covid, putting an end to the rumors.
Chelsea advanced to the FA Cup fourth round with a resounding victory over Chesterfield.
Tuchel’s side scored five goals against the non-league side, with Tuchel taking advantage of the opportunity to give some young players first-team experience.