Ross County’s Chelsea loanee Nathan Baxter says he’d love his Dingwall stint to propel him toward Stamford Bridge action.
After overcoming a shoulder injury earlier in the campaign, Baxter has become the number one at the Global Energy Stadium. He’s made 12 appearances so far for the Staggies.
He’ll return to Chelsea in the summer though. Record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga has been the number one for this term whilst Willy Caballero has pushed him for first-team berths.
Even outside of those two you have Jamal Blackman and Jamie Cumming waiting in the wings. Added to the fact Chelsea could buy a new keeper if they so wished, Baxter will need to show top form to crack the Blues first-team.
It’s something he’s backing himself to do though and he reckons his County loan spell can help him achieve that big aim: “I’ve come here to play here every week. As I’ve said many times before, I’m a County player.
“Obviously one day I’d love to play for the Chelsea first-team. I think the better experiences I’ve had are the games that I’ve played. The whole club have been good with me though.
“My old goalkeeping coach was a key figure. All the senior pros, Thibaut Courtois and Asmir Begovic. John Terry always spoke to me.
“Watching how they prepared for Premier League games helped me when I went to play non-league in England. As a goalkeeper I feel it’s important to boss that backline. I feel like the last few weeks have got me back to where I was before the injury.
“I still feel as if there’s more to come and more influential saves. It’s up to me to provide that in the next few games. Chelsea have pretty much come to every game, they’ve been to the last three or four.
“The feedback’s been positive but the most important thing is putting in good performances for County. You never know, my dream would be to play for Chelsea and that’ll only happen if I perform here.”