By Pranav Shahaney

6th Nov, 2021 | 6:28pm

Lewis Bate in line to make Leeds United bench v Leicester

Leeds United youngster Lewis Bate could make the matchday squad on Sunday to take on Leicester City in the Premier League, according to LeedsLive.

The Leeds under-23s squared off against Manchester United and suffered a 3-2 defeat.

Bate was not in the matchday squad and Mark Jackson explained why the talented midfielder did not feature on the day.

He said, “Lewis is fit and well. He’s trained with the first-team back at Thorp Arch today so he was unavailable for us today for selection.”

Minutes off the bench?

Marcelo Bielsa is not one to shy away from playing his best academy talents should he deem them good enough for the senior team.

Bate, who joined from Chelsea in the summer, has already impressed a number of people at Thorp Arch.

Recently, per the Yorkshire Evening Post, he also scored a “sensational” goal for the U-23s.

The fact that he’s started training with the first team and that’s ruled him out of the U-23s game could mean that he’s likely to be involved on Sunday, either in a playing or non-playing role.

Regardless, even regularly making the bench for Premier League games would be a huge boost for the youngster who would’ve felt six months ago that he still had a while to go.

Leeds’ coaches do wonders for their younger players and we can see how well it’s paying off, given how many break into the first team.

It won’t be long that we see Bate playing regularly if he continues improving in the manner he has so far.

In other Leeds United news, an injury-prone Whites player may fear for his Elland Road future after Phil Hay’s recent update