Chelsea loanee believes he is 'good enough' to play for Tuchel
Chelsea loanee Nathan Baxter has expressed his desire to fight for a spot in Thomas Tuchel’s squad after an impressive season at Championship side Hull City.
The 23-year-old goalkeeper has been at Chelsea since the age of eight and has taken an interesting path to progress as a player.
He made his first loan move at the age of 17 and has since played for seven different loan clubs, including the one he currently plays for, Hull City.
It took him a while before he finally claimed the number one spot from Matt Ingram in November.
Baxter has since registered more saves per 90 minutes than any other goalkeeper in the league with a 50 percent clean sheet rate, which is remarkable in a team sitting in 18th place.
He is now in the final months of his loan spell at Hull and will soon have to make a decision about his future.
“From my point of view, I believe I’m good enough to play for Chelsea and that’s still my goal,” the young goalkeeper told League of 72 about his plans for the upcoming season.
“But if the decision is taken that it’s not going to be the route forward for me, then the [Hull] fans can tell how much I enjoy playing for this football club.
“But from my point of view, it’s all about playing games. If I’ve got to take a move elsewhere, whether on loan or permanent, my priority is going to be where I’m going to play every week.”
Baxter is yet to make a senior debut for Chelsea but already made the bench in the Carabao Cup tie against Barnsley in September 2020 under Frank Lampard.
He admitted that he had a chat with Lampard back then, saying that he was ready to be part of the first team, before eventually going on loan to Accrington Stanley. The signing of Edouard Mendy likely played a big part in the decision.
The Chelsea academy graduate is under contract until 2023 which means Chelsea will have to decide whether to cash in on him or offer him a new contract.