Lewis Bate to get first-team debut at Leeds United in near future - pundit
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Paul Robinson expects young midfielder Lewis Bate to earn a senior debut for Leeds United at some point in the near future.
Bate, 19, joined the Whites from Chelsea in the summer transfer window with the Daily Mail reporting that a deal worth £1.5million, plus add-ons, was agreed between the two Premier League clubs.
He’s since impressed for the Under-23s, playing 10 times in Premier League 2 and also scoring a wonderful solo goal in the EFL Trophy defeat to Salford City earlier this month.
Bate’s form for Mark Jackson’s side led to him being named in Marcelo Bielsa’s matchday squad for the first time prior to the international break when he made the bench for the 1-1 draw with Leicester at Elland Road.
Although Bate didn’t get to make an appearance in that Premier League fixture, Robinson does feel as though we’ll get to see the England Under-20 international get a chance soon enough.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “They’re light in the midfield.
“I said at the start of the season that the’s one position, as well as full-back, they didn’t recruit enough in.
“Bate is a youngster and Bielsa’s proven, like with [Joe] Gelhardt, that he’s not afraid to put youngsters in.
“[Crysencio] Summerville, Gelhardt and [Cody] Drameh – we’ve seen all of them come into the side this year.
“Leeds have had injury problems and the squad has been threadbare but the manager’s not been afraid to play these youngsters so I suspect Bate will have his opportunity at some point.”
Bate has never played a first-team game in his budding career but was named on the bench at Chelsea for games in the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup.
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