By Adefunmiloye Alani

9th Jan, 2022 | 9:10pm

Archie Gray reacts as Lewis Bate makes Leeds debut against West Ham

Lewis Bate made his senior debut for Leeds United in the third round of their FA Cup against West Ham at the London Stadium on Sunday.

The 19-year-old midfielder joined the Elland Road outfit from Chelsea last summer, and he took to his personal Instagram account to react after his bow for the Whites, with fellow under-23s teammate Archie Gray sending a message to him.

Bate has played 14 times in the Premier League 2 and this term, bagging his first goal for the club in a 5-3 defeat at Salford City in the Papa John’s Trophy.

He said: “Proud day for myself and my family making my Leeds United debut.

“An honour to wear the badge and represent this club. Wasn’t to be today but focus now turns to the league.

“Fans were brilliant.”

Gray replied: “Love to see it.”

Gray next?

Bate was widely tipped to be fast-tracked into the first-team squad after shining for Mark Jackson’s side, and many thought his debut was going to come early due to the constant injuries beleaguering the first-team.

He featured in the opening 45 minutes in the 2-0 loss today and will be hoping to get more involved with Marcelo Bielsa’s side going forward.

Gray, 15, will also be itching to break into the first-team picture, and it is only a matter of time before that happens.

The attacker was part of the contingent that made the trip to Tottenham in November, but he missed out on the matchday squad.

The teenage sensation soaked in every part of the experience and will be eager to break into the first-team soon after having a front-row view of a Premier League weekend through the eyes of a professional footballer.

Like Bate, Gray has featured for Leeds under-23s on a couple of occasions, and should the first-team squad continue to struggle on the injury front, he could be the next teenager to be handed a debut by the Argentine.

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