Lewis Bate signs three-year contract with Leeds United
Leeds United are set to announce Lewis Bate’s arrival from Chelsea this morning (Thursday) after he agreed a three-year contract with the Yorkshire club, according to the Daily Mail.
The newspaper reports that Bate, 18, has already arrived in Leeds and undergone a medical ahead of putting pen to paper.
It is understood that Leeds lured the young midfielder away from Stamford Bridge with their track record of promoting players from the youth sides.
Bielsa plays a role
You would not think about it too much because Bate is initially going to be an addition for the Under-23s squad. Victor Orta has surely played a massive role and it’s likely that Under-23s boss Mark Jackson has too.
But ultimately, Marcelo Bielsa is the big man here.
Bielsa has proven that he’ll give youngsters a shot in the first-team if they impress him in training or in the Under-23s’ matches.
During his three seasons at Elland Road, we’ve seen plenty of teenagers make the step up from the Under-18s or Under-23s to make their senior debuts under Bielsa.
Of course, some of them made one or two appearances and were never seen again.
However, there have been some youngsters who’ve become regular fixtures in Bielsa’s senior squad.
Bate will no doubt want to follow the likes of Jamie Shackleton, Illan Meslier, Ian Poveda and Pascal Struijk in doing that.
Leeds’ track record is bound to have played a role in helping them sign Amari Miller and Sean McGurk too, who have already arrived to play for the Under-23s next season.
Junior Firpo and Jack Harrison are so far the only permanent signings for the first-team but Bate is someone who could play a role where he goes back and forth between the first-team and Under-23s squad next season.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared his thoughts on Bates’ imminent arrival at Elland Road.