Andrea Radrizzani sends Twitter message to Leeds United teenager Lewis Bate
Lewis Bate scored his first goal in Leeds United colours on Tuesday night but he was unable to prevent the Under-21 side bowing out of the EFL Trophy.
Leeds lost 5-3 at Salford City to finish bottom of their group as Tranmere Rovers and Oldham Athletic progressed as the top two teams.
Max Dean opened the scoring for the young Whites before two quick-fire Salford goals were cancelled out by Sam Greenwood.
Aramide Oteh and Thomas-Asante Brandon scored either side of half-time to make the game 4-2 before Bate, 19, scored his first Leeds goal with a sensation solo run in the 68th minute.
Jordan Turnbull put the result beyond doubt with Salford’s fifth of the game just two minutes later but Bate’s goal was the talk of Twitter with Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani one of those to laud the Leeds teenager.
Writing via his personal Twitter profile, Radrizzani said: “And what a goal!”
Edging towards the senior side?
Calls are beginning to grow louder for Bate to be handed his opportunity under Marcelo Bielsa.
The England youth international joined the Whites from Chelsea during the summer and he has impressed for Mark Jackson’s Under-23 side with his majestic displays in the middle of midfield.
However, he has yet to make a matchday squad for the Leeds senior side this season, with the likes of Kalvin Phillips, Stuart Dallas, Mateusz Klich and Tyler Roberts ahead of him in the pecking order.
It may take some injuries for Bate to get his chance but as has already been seen this season, that could be just around the corner.
Injuries to key stars have afforded opportunities to the likes of Joe Gelhardt, Crysenscio Summerville and Cody Drameh in the Premier League, and Bate will be itching to make himself the next youngster to get his chance.