Lewis Bate given first-team aim ahead of Leeds United transfer
Leeds United have told Chelsea midfielder Lewis Bate that he can earn a spot in the first-team this season, according to the Mirror.
The Whites have apparently beaten off the likes of Liverpool and West Ham to agree a £1.5million deal for the 18-year-old.
Personal terms are being discussed for the English central-midfielder, and he is set to link up with the Leeds Under-23s side, “but has been told he can earn a place” in the first-team under Marcelo Bielsa.
That special aim is surely exactly the reason why Bate has rejected the advances of other Premier League clubs to sign for Leeds this summer.
The highly-rated midfielder clearly backs himself to make his mark in senior football sooner rather than later, otherwise he wouldn’t have decided to leave Chelsea.
It’s unlikely to be money-motivated – Chelsea are among the wealthiest side’s in Europe – but instead a career decision.
Bate could have asked for a loan move at the west London side, but believes he can play in the Premier League in the near future.
That’s exactly the sort of mindset needed, and Bielsa has shown that he will hand opportunities to young players if they deserve it.
Jamie Shackleton has been one such beneficiary, and there are a host of emerging stars in the Under-23s set-up that will be eyeing promotions into the senior squad on a regular basis.
If Bate shows his talents at Thorp Arch and for Mark Jackson’s side, there is no reason to suggest that he cannot earn a spot under Bielsa.
It’s now up to the teenager to prove himself to El Loco and show Chelsea why they were wrong not to place their faith in him sooner.
In other Leeds United news, a talkSPORT pundit has made a Bielsa exit suggestion in ‘Lucky’ Whites swipe.