Chelsea youngster Lewis Baker encourages English players to take plunge abroad and is aiming to give his best at Vitesse Arnhem

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  • Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker is currently on loan at Vitesse Arnhem
  • Baker is one of five Blues players who are gaining experience at Dutch side
  • The midfielder has encouraged other young English players to play abroad

By Sam Cunningham for MailOnline

Published: 15:35 GMT, 5 August 2015 | Updated: 16:13 GMT, 5 August 2015

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Lewis Baker has encouraged other young English players to try playing abroad to develop their career.

The midfielder is one of five Chelsea players who are gaining experience at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, who Southampton face in the Europa League on Thursday, as they bid to eventually break into the Stamford Bridge first team. 

Baker is 20-years-old and has had loan spells at Sheffield Wednesday and Milton Keynes before moving to Holland.

Chelsea youngster Lewis Baker has encouraged other young English players to consider playing abroad

Chelsea youngster Lewis Baker has encouraged other young English players to consider playing abroad

The box-to-box midfielder is one of five Chelsea players who are gaining experience at  Vitesse Arnhem

The box-to-box midfielder is one of five Chelsea players who are gaining experience at Vitesse Arnhem

‘A lot of the English boys maybe don’t want to try coming out abroad for some reason,’ he said. ‘The first loan I did go to I maybe didn’t want to go abroad but seeing different cultures and different ways of playing I would advise it to younger players.

‘I think if you go and try different places you pick up different things and styles of playing and it’s experiences I think. Maybe staying in England won’t benefit you, maybe it will benefit you. It depends what you are comfortable with.

‘I think it’s a great experience for me playing in League One, the Championship and now trying abroad. 

'So far it’s been good and all the players and staff have made me welcome and I think it will be a good development stage for me. They play football the way I like to play football and I think that’s good.’

The 20-year-old is hopeful his loan spell in Holland will benefit his career and he can break into Chelsea team

The 20-year-old is hopeful his loan spell in Holland will benefit his career and he can break into Chelsea team

Baker joined Chelsea as a nine-year-old, having first played for a year at Luton’s centre of excellence. 

Even though Chelsea have a reputation for failing to bring young talent through to the first team, Baker is determined to give it a shot.

‘I have got to give my best here [in Arnhem] every day in training and in every game 100 per cent with the view to going back to Chelsea an improved player and if not next season keeping knocking on that door,’ he added. 

Baker has recently been joined at the Dutch club by young striker and Chelsea team-mate Dominic Solanke

Baker has recently been joined at the Dutch club by young striker and Chelsea team-mate Dominic Solanke

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