Lewis Baker and Jamal Blackman’s lack of playing time at Leeds is worrying for their development
The loaning out of Chelsea’s academy graduates is well publicised, but even if they don’t play much for the Blues, they still hold a special place in fans hearts.
Take Jamal Blackman and Lewis Baker for example.
Despite not playing much for Chelsea’s first team, they’ll always be loved at Stamford Bridge for their success at youth level.
They both contributed to Chelsea’s 2011–12 FA Youth Cup win, with Baker even scoring in the final.
But having both moved to Championship side Leeds United – alongside Izzy Brown – they are both struggling for game-time.
Blackman is coming off the back of a successful season at Sheffield United where he helped them to finish tenth.
Despite arriving as favourite for the starting keeper role, Bailey Peacock-Farrell has been given that spot.
On the other hand, Baker had a tough time at Middlesborough last season.
He played 12 times under Garry Monk, but following his sacking in December, only made two appearances under Tony Pulis.
And he’s been forced to feed off of scraps at Leeds, starting on the bench in all of their games.
Blackman is 24 and Baker is 23 and for them to develop, they must be playing week in, week out.
Whilst they may not have a future at Chelsea, Blackman and Baker should seek moves away from Leeds if their playing-time doesn’t increase soon.