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Baker: Chelsea starlets calling on each other in Holland

Vitesse Arnhem loan star Lewis Baker says his time in Holland is made so much easier by the fact he is surrounded by fellow Chelsea youngsters.


The 20-year-old midfielder is joined by Dom Solanke, Izzy Brown, Nathan and Danilo Pantic at Vitesse who are currently sitting sixth on the Dutch Eredivisie table.

Regarding his season-long spell at the GelreDome, Baker spoke of the ease of off-field life in Holland married with the fact that there is home support from within which assist the quintet in focusing on what they are in Arnhem to do.

"We all live by ourselves, but in an area where we're five minutes from each other and five minutes from the training ground," he told TheFA.com.

"And that's what we're there to do, concentrate on our football and become better players.

"It's not been too bad for us, because everyone in Holland speaks English so off the pitch, we're all coping very well and we try to do it on our own basis.

"But it's helped having the three of us out there because if anyone is feeling homesick, and Dom and Izzy are a bit younger than me, then we can all get together.

"We've all helped each other out in the few months that we've been there, sometimes there's been good times and sometimes there's been bad times but we're all helping each other."

The five Chelsea youngsters are proving to be crucial players for Vitesse with Baker having made eight appearances in the league, along with Brazilian midfielder Nathan, while striker Solanke has played six times, forward Izzy Brown five and Serbian midfielder Pantic four.

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