Middlesbrough have won the race to sign highly-rated Chelsea youngster Lewis Baker, with the club confirming the season-long loan on their official website.

Garry Monk has spent the summer reshaping his new squad at the Riverside Stadium and has added some real quality to his ranks in securing the deal for the England under-21 ace.

He is looking to get Boro back to the Premier League at the first time of asking and knows if they are to go straight back up they need to find a lot more goals than they had last season, when they were one of the lowest scorers in the top flight.

Baker is an attacking midfielder who can play in forward positions but he is very comfortable on the ball and has great vision and creativity, which can provide the ammunition for the strikers to convert.

The 22-year-old has been at Chelsea for 12 years but has only made one appearance for the Blues and was always expected to be loaned out again by Antonio Conte having spent the last two seasons with Vitesse Arnhem.

Baker made 73 appearances in his time with the Dutch club and found the net on 20 occasions so he brings a real star profile to the Riverside with him.

Middlesbrough were looking for a replacement for Marten De Roon, who they sold to Atalanta earlier in the week and Monk has identified the man who played a huge part in the England squad which got to the Under-21 European Championship semi-final earlier in the summer.

The midfielder has already experienced the second tier of English football in his time during a loan spell with Sheffield Wednesday earlier in his career and he joins the likes of Britt Assombalonga, Cyrus Christie, Darren Randolph and Jonny Howson as new signings at the Riverside in this transfer window.

Middlesbrough lost their Championship opener 1-0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers and will hope to record three points when they host Sheffield United on Saturday.


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