Nathan Baxter has explained who his Chelsea inspiration is as the Stamford Bridge loanee continues to thrive at Ross County.
The Blues keeper moved to Dingwall on a season-long loan during the summer. A shoulder injury halted his progress initially but he has since made himself the Staggies’ number one.
So far, Baxter has made 12 Premiership appearances, keeping three clean sheets. Experience of playing at Ibrox and Parkhead have also come with the Chelsea loanee’s Dingwall challenge.
It’s been a beneficial stint for the young keeper. He has dreams of becoming the number one at parent club Chelsea one day but he knows that will only come with lots of hard work elsewhere.
Having been in the Chelsea ranks since he was a kid, Baxter has had the privilege of watching many world-class performers train and play in matches. It’s also been valuable for him to lean on as a learning tool.
One particular keeper stands out as an inspiration though. Speaking to Chelsea’s website, he says famous Blues keeper Peter Cech was one particular hero of his.
“You always have that dream, and I still have that dream now,” Baxter said of his Stamford Bridge ambition. “When I was an eight-year-old Cech was the goalie, and I was like ‘that’s what I want to do when I’m older, be him!’
“The spine of my youth team was Fik in defence, Mason in midfield and Tammy up front. That’s now the spine of the team in the Premier League, which is amazing.
“So many people in the Academy deserve so much credit for that.”