By Nnamdi Onyeagwara

4th Aug, 2022 | 2:40pm

Leeds United midfielder Lewis Bate joins Oxford United on loan

Leeds youngster Lewis Bate has joined League One side Oxford United on a season-long loan and can be recalled in January, according to The Athletic’s Phil Hay.

The 19-year-old joined the Whites last summer from Chelsea, signing a three-year deal at Elland Road.

However, after a season of limited game time, the youngster has joined the U’s in order to gain more first-team experience.

Hay said: “Lewis Bate joins Oxford United on a season-long loan from Leeds United.

“No permanent option included and Leeds can recall in January.”

Good move for Bate.

The loan move should be a good one for the youngster who was one of the most talented members of Chelsea’s youth academy when he was at Cobham.

The teenager spent 10 years at Chelsea, playing for various youth teams and even captaining the Blues in the 2020 Youth Cup Final.

However, in the summer of 2021, he left London for Yorkshire, in search of establishing himself in the Premier League elsewhere.

His debut season did not go completely to plan as he made four first-team appearances and primarily featured for the Leeds under-23s, making 24 appearances for them.

This move to League One presents an opportunity for the youngster to show what he can do at a lower level and grow as a player.

Jesse Marsch will be keen to observe the progress of the midfielder who has made 13 appearances for England’s various youth teams.

In other Leeds news, the Whites may have a clear run at Stuttgart’s Borna Sosa.