Chelsea loanee Lewis Baker is growing increasingly frustrated at his lack of gametime at Fortuna Dusseldorf, according to sources in Germany.
Baker moved out to the Bundesliga this summer for his seventh loan spell away from Stamford Bridge, but not everything has gone to plan.
The 24-year-old has been restricted to just seven appearances for Dusseldorf so far, and Bild carry claims that Baker is angry at his situation.
According to an anonymous source, Baker “is therefore very angry and does not understand the world anymore.”
The midfielder, who has never started a game for Chelsea despite graduating their academy in 2014, has been frozen out over the past month, failing to feature at all in Fortuna’s last five games.
Baker admitted he has had difficulties understanding his coach’s demands, but remained optimistic over his chances of getting back into the side.
“We have a very good team, with a great midfield.
“Of course it is not disappointing to play but I come every day with a positive attitude to training.
“I work hard to put pressure on the regular players and myself so that I can reach my high standards.
“Some time ago I did not know exactly what he wanted from me on the pitch.
“But the coach has explained to me again now and I understood that.
“Over the past few weeks, I’ve been showing the coach what he wanted to see, so I hope he’s happy with what I’ve done in training.”
His manager, Friedhelm Funkel, told Bild: “It is part of the job to have disgruntled players.
“There is no such thing as a player who is sitting on the bench that is happy about it.
“The bottom line is I have an oversupply of midfielders. We have too many strong players in that area.
“Lewis will also get his chance again, he has offered more in practice during the last two weeks. He did not believe that before.”
This isn’t the first time Baker has struggled to settle at a loan club, with a temporary stint at Leeds United being interrupted last season after Marcelo Bielsa took the blame for not making him feel valued enough.
Baker went on to spend the rest of the season at Reading, before heading off to Germany over the summer.