Leeds United should consider Lewis Bate recall from Oxford United
Lewis Bate’s loan spell at Oxford United has struggled to really get going due to injury and a lack of starts for the Leeds United youngster.
The 19-year-old was playing Premier League football in the 2021/22 campaign but has been a bit-part player for a struggling League One side. Bate has just four league starts to his name and has yet to complete 90 minutes for the Yellows.
He was ruled out of Oxford’s games against Wycombe and Exeter and has been an unused substitute in Oxford’s recent defeat to Peterborough and draw to Portsmouth. Leeds would’ve been hoping for the midfielder to have been having more of an impact in the third tier, and they could well be inclined to use a clause in the 19-year-old’s contract come January.
Phil Hay reported (4 August) that Leeds have a recall option for the midfielder in January and considering Oxford’s poor start to the season and lack of game time, it could be something they look to use. Bate will undoubtedly have plenty of suitors in the Championship and League One.
Sending the 19-year-old to a club with fewer issues could well be a better move for Bate. Oxford and Karl Robinson are desperate to turn their poor start to the season around and it’s understandable to see why he would be more inclined to utilise his trusted senior professionals.
Considering the success of Leeds’ under 21s in the 2022/23 season, Bate may well have been better off remaining at Elland Road and continuing to play more regular football.
It will be interesting to see how the situation is handled in Yorkshire as the January window approaches.
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