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Leeds United should give Lewis Bate a chance in the Premier League

Amid a difficult start to the Premier League season, Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa will no doubt be searching for ways to kick his side back into form.

Last weekend’s victory over bottom side Norwich will have been a major boost for the confidence, but issues do still remain about a worryingly thin squad that has been exposed by injuries this season – not least to midfield talisman Kalvin Phillips.

The England international has only recently returned to fitness after missing a couple of games, while relying on Adam Forshaw who has spent so long out on the sidelines seems like a fairly big gamble.

One way Bielsa could inject some fresh energy into the side is to give another one of his club’s summer signings a chance to impress: Lewis Bate.

Should Bielsa unleash Bate?





The 19-year-old joined from fellow Premier League side Chelsea, and it’s clear that the diminutive midfielder has got an incredible amount of potential.

The Athletic said: “Bate is one of the most highly-rated midfielders in the country, coming close to making his debut for the senior side when he was named on the bench against Sheffield United and Bayern Munich last year.

“Leeds’ hopes are growing that they could win the race for his signature but are aware of the competition. Significantly, Bate has started to follow a number of Leeds players on Instagram.”

In fact, according to Ram Srinivas, co-founder of football analytics consultancy MRKT Insights, Bate has all the hallmarks of being someone to take over from Kalvin Phillips in years to come.

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He said: “Bate is a well-rounded deep-lying midfielder; he’s well capable of helping a team control possession, acting as a metronome to keep things ticking over as well as being very productive in build-up. He’s very positive in his passing and shows good awareness of the spaces opening up around him and team shape, which helps his team play out of a press and also attack the opposition in transition.

“All in all he’s just a multi-faceted midfielder whose biggest weakness is probably just his size but he more than makes up for it with his other qualities. He’s very well-suited to Bielsa-ball and probably capable of serving as an understudy to Kalvin Phillips.”

Phil Hay recently admitted however that Bate wasn’t convinced to join Leeds because he would get first-team football this campaign.

He said: “Bate, as a different example, wasn’t promised any first team football this season when he signed (but was happy to sign regardless). He looks very gifted. Lovely passer.”

But, given the kind of issues Leeds have faced in midfield, the £900k-rated starlet could breathe some fresh life into Leeds’ engine room sooner rather than later.

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