By Joe Ellis

1st Jan, 2023 | 7:10pm

Lewis Bate could unlock Leeds United killer instinct after Karl Robinson 'magician' verdict

Jesse Marsch has been relatively consistent with his Leeds United midfield this season but it still hasn’t brought about a good run of form.

United States captain Tyler Adams is an automatic pick in the middle of the park and the vast majority of the time has seen him line up alongside Spaniard Marc Roca after both joined the club in the summer.

As they came in, though, one youngster had to go out on loan to get the required game time this season and that was Lewis Bate who went and joined Oxford United for a League One promotion push.

The 20-year-old, who joined the club from Chelsea, has settled into life at the Kassam Stadium tremendously as they sit in 13th in the table and manager Karl Robinson has been delighted with his performances.

“He’s one of the best I’ve worked with, and I mean that,” he said, as quoted by the Witney Gazette. “The problem is we’ve got him so young, we’ll be watching him in three or four years’ time running games at the top level – I’m sure of that.

“The kid’s a magician. He needs goals and assists, that becomes the reason you play in the central area of the football pitch.”

Roca might have a lot more experience than Bate but sometimes inexperience can be a good thing as the youngsters don’t come with any of the baggage from other career failings.

If Bate does return to Thorp Arch with this kind of a recommendation then Marsch might find it difficult to keep him out of action for too long, even if he hasn’t catapulted Oxford towards a promotion push just yet.

With many questions being asked, the answers could well be within for Leeds United.

In other Leeds United news, advanced talks are well underway at Thorp Arch with the Whites all set to complete their first January signing in the near future.