Paul Robinson reacts as Leeds United close in on Lewis Bate transfer
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Paul Robinson is excited by the prospect of Leeds United signing talented Chelsea youngster Lewis Bate amid reports that a deal is close to being completed.
The Athletic’s Chelsea correspondent has reported on Twitter that Bate, 18, has arrived in Leeds ahead of undergoing a medical with the Yorkshire giants.
It is understood that Chelsea have agreed to sell the central midfielder for £1.5million, plus add-ons.
According to a recent report by Johnson, Bate has been described by Chelsea coaches as being a “better player” than 20-year-old Billy Gilmour was when he was 18.
When asked if he sounds like he’d be an exciting signing, Robinson told MOT Leeds News: “If you look at Billy Gilmour and that level of player then yes.
“He’s a young player and again, it’s a young player who wants to come and work with Bielsa. We’ve seen what he can do and how he can develop players and I think young players with that ability coming to work with a manager like Bielsa will only get better.
“Look at the development of Kalvin Phillips in his time there.”
It seems likely that Bate has opted to quit Chelsea in order to join a team where first-team opportunities are easier to come by as a young player.
Bielsa has overseen the development and rise of a number of rising stars at Elland Road with Jack Clarke, Leif Davis, Pascal Struijk, Illan Meslier and Ian Poveda among the youngsters who have earned a first-team shot for the Argentine.
If Frank Lampard had stayed in charge at Stamford Bridge then Bate might have been more inclined to start but clearly, a move from West London to West Yorkshire sounds like a better option for the talented England youth international.
In other Leeds United news, this winger has been spotted at another Yorkshire club ahead of a potential exit.