Marcelo Bielsa claims Leeds player is getting better with every appearance
Marcelo Bielsa has outlined how impressed he has been with Lewis Bate since the midfielder arrived at Leeds United in the summer, in comments reported by Leeds Live.
What’s the story?
Leeds fans have been left a little confused over how little Bate has featured amongst the first-team fold since his arrival in the summer.
It appeared to be a real coup for the Whites to sign the 18-year-old from Chelsea. But he has played all of his football so far for Mark Jackson’s under-23s or under-21s.
The first-team meanwhile, appear to need more in the middle of the park. And for some, Bate ticks a lot of the boxes.
He is good on the ball, and looks to be an incredibly intelligent figure in midfield.
The teenager may still be awaiting his senior debut, but Bielsa made an exciting claim when asked about Bate in his press conference.
“He’s a player who performs better every time in the games he’s a part of,” he said, as reported by Leeds Live. “He’s a player that is constantly managing the ball and he doesn’t lose it very often. And he’s got a good sense of a pass, he can thread it through the needle.”
Lewis Bate could be one of the next starlets to break through at Leeds
Leeds have a number of exciting young players knocking on the door. Charlie Cresswell has become the latest to take a giant step towards becoming a first-team player.
Bate certainly looks to be one of those waiting in the wings. He could well end up being the big beneficiary from Leeds’ lack of depth in midfield.
The good news is Bielsa is clearly an admirer of his quality and potential.
So perhaps it may not be too long before he is starting to become a more prominent member of the first-team fold.