Paul Robinson: Lewis Bate may be handed Leeds United chance by Marcelo Bielsa soon
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Paul Robinson suggests Lewis Bate may be handed a chance to impress in the Leeds United first-team if their injury woes persist.
Bate, 18, joined Leeds from Chelsea during the summer and was immediately sent to Mark Jackson’s Under-23 side at Thorp Arch, where he has already shone.
The England Under-20 midfielder has made seven Premier League 2 appearances this term, and his display against Liverpool in September saw journalist Kiefer MacDonald hail him as “fantastic” on his personal Twitter profile.
Leeds made four signings for the senior side during the summer, but none of them are central midfielders, leaving Kalvin Phillips, Stuart Dallas, Mateusz Klich, Tyler Roberts and Rodrigo to fight for the three starting spots under Marcelo Bielsa.
The Whites have suffered a spate of injuries this season but their central midfielders have generally escaped such bad luck.
When asked whether Bate could be handed his senior bow by Bielsa in the near future, Robinson suggested it is a possibility if injuries hit their midfielders.
“Potentially, because you look at the number of injuries they’ve had the last two or three weeks, you only have to look at the bench against Watford which shows you how actually thin the squad is,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.
“I said during the transfer window that they were light in certain areas and centre midfield is certainly a position that they are light, so if they do pick up two or three injuries in that area, there’s a possibility that the youngsters will be utilised.
“The manager is not afraid to do that. Like I said, you only have to look at the bench against Watford which show you how threadbare the squad can be at times.”
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