Report: Liverpool and Leeds in four-team race for Chelsea youngster Lewis Bate
Liverpool and Leeds are in a four-team race to try and poach Chelsea youngster, Lewis Bate, away from Stamford Bridge.
The 18-year-old Chelsea starlet is stalling on a new deal at The Bridge and that has alerted the rest of the Premier League.
Liverpool, Leeds, West Ham, and Southampton are all mentioned as potential destinations in a report from The Daily Mail today.
Bate is seen as one of the better young prospects to be emerging from the Blues of late. He’s been a regular in the PL2 competition, with his performances in the middle of the park catching the eye.
He also has an eye for goal, having scored five times in 20 outings for the Chelsea under-18s.
Bate has already been in and around the first-team with Chelsea. He was on the bench against Sheffield United, while he also got on their in the Champions League against Bayern.
However, as yet, he has not put pen to paper on fresh terms and could well be poached by admiring clubs elsewhere.
Bate will no doubt be looking at the record of younger players at Chelsea in recent times and making an assessment.
While Billy Gilmour has progressed, others have struggled. The likes of Fikayo Tomori have moved on, while Tammy Abraham could also go.
Of course, Mason Mount and Reece James are big exceptions there. But overall, Chelsea’s youth have found in tough over the years.
Bate, then, seems to have a big decision on his hands.