By Sam Stone

20th Jul, 2022 | 5:10pm

Oxford United manager Karl Robinson big admirer of Leeds United youngster Lewis Bate

Oxford United manager Karl Robinson is an admirer of Leeds United midfielder Lewis Bate as the 19-year-old attracts interest from a number of League One clubs according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The YEP suggested on Tuesday 19 July that the young midfielder needs to play higher than Premier League 2 Division 2 after the Whites’ under-23 side were relegated.

Discussions with Marsch have taken place regarding the youngster’s game time and a move to League One could well materialise with Oxford manager Robinson said to be impressed with the former Chelsea youth player.

Could play higher?

The 19-year-old has shown that he is more than capable of competing in the Premier League when he was given the chance by Jesse Marsch at the back end of last season.

Bate featured against Arsenal and Chelsea towards the end of the 2021/22 season and also was part of the Whites’ 3-2 win at West Ham in January.

Considering he is only 19, it is impressive that he has already been given first-team chances and even trusted against Arsenal and Chelsea in what were huge games for the club’s future.

The experience of a relegation battle will be invaluable for Bate going forward but a move to a Championship or League One club would be an excellent move for him.

First-team football at a good level is what he needs at this stage in his career.

The Premier League is a good place to improve his technical ability and speed of play but a move to the EFL would develop a much-needed physical side to his game.

If Bate wants to be a successful Premier League centre midfielder then being suited physically is a must.

Let’s hope he goes out on loan and makes a good impression and comes back a stronger player for the 2023/24 season.

In other Leeds United news, another reported Whites target has admitted that he is a big fan of Jesse Marsch.