By Craig Scott

4th Nov, 2021 | 4:10pm

Lewis Bate no-brainer for Leeds United senior debut as he blows Andrea Radrizzani away

Leeds United fans have always had a youth system to be proud of and while there’s been a different approach to recruitment in recent years, Victor Orta’s methods are still producing big results.

While we’re not seeing as many Yorkshire-born aces making the grade as we once did, we are seeing talented players from all over the UK – and also from Europe – get their chance to shine in the youth system at Thorp Arch.

Pascal Struijk, Crysencio Summerville and Joe Gelhardt are two recent examples of players who’ve come from elsewhere and burst onto the scene in Marcelo Bielsa’s senior squad while local talent such as Jack Clarke, Jamie Shackleton and even Kalvin Phillips have all improved under the Argentine.

And while we do love to see a Leeds born-and-bred lad make it into our senior squad, we’re not opposed to exciting young talent from any background making it at Elland Road.

Lewis Bate joined Leeds from Chelsea for £1.5million, plus add-ons, [Daily Mail] in the summer.

The London-born midfielder, 19, was signed to join up with Mark Jackson’s Under-23s squad but based on what we’ve seen so far, the England Under-20 international is already too good for that level.

Bate has impressed in his 10 Premier League 2 outings this term and also starred in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night when Leeds’ Under-21s played against Salford.

While Jackson’s side lost 5-3 to the League Two club, Bate scored a superb goal.

Bate raced out of his own half to grab the ball around the halfway line and showed a stunning turn of pace as he stormed towards the Salford goal.

Despite going at such a breakneck speed, Bate managed to dink the ball past the Salford goalkeeper.

Even Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani was blown away by the youngster’s goal.

Bielsa has had plenty of injury issues in his first team this season.

Stuart Dallas and Jamie Shackleton have had to surrender their spots in the midfield to play at full-back while Rodrigo has had to push forward to replace the injured Patrick Bamford.

Kalvin Phillips and Adam Forshaw have also had injury issues to further deplete Bielsa’s central options.

Bate is now bound to be knocking on the door with his superb performances for Jackson.

Let’s hope we don’t have to wait too long before he gets a shot in Bielsa’s side.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared his thoughts on Bate making a potential rise to the senior side.