By Saikat Mandal

7th Jul, 2022 | 11:40am

Leeds United midfielder Lewis Bate could be set for loan exit

Leeds United midfielder Lewis Bate could head out of Elland Road on loan this summer, as per Graham Smyth.

The Yorkshire Evening Post journalist wrote on 7 July that several players could leave the club on loan, as they need to play regularly.

This is part of Victor Orta’s transfer “wheeling and dealing”. Tyler Roberts has already joined QPR, while Jamie Shackleton and Charlie Cresswell are expected to leave on loan.

Smart move

The 19-year-old is an exciting young central midfielder who could become a regular for the club in years to come.

Like Cresswell, he is a fantastic talent, and the Whites should send him on loan, preferably to a Championship club where he will get regular games.

Last season, Bate featured in three Premier League games for the club, which shows he is good enough to play at this level.

At the same time, he is very young and raw and needs to play regularly to boost his confidence. A solid loan spell away from the club will do a world of good for him.

The midfield set-up has gone through a massive shake-up this summer. Kalvin Phillips left the club to join Manchester City, while the Whites signed Marc Roca and Tyler Adams to replenish the void.

It seems the Whites are also willing to send Shackleton out on loan. These appear to be very sensible moves, ones which could help the players and the club in the long run.

In other Leeds United news, the club have now opened talks with an “Incredible” title-winning central midfielder to replace Kalvin Phillips and sign him along with Tyler Adams.