'Up there with Joffy': Some Leeds fans wowed by 18-year-old's display last night
A number of Leeds United fans have waxed lyrical about Lewis Bate’s display for the Whites Under-21s on Tuesday night.
Leeds were in Papa John’s Trophy action away at Oldham and came away with an impressive 3-2 win.
Mark Jackson was able to call on more senior players this time round, compared to their 4-1 competition-opening defeat to Tranmere.
And Leeds’ youngsters impressed at Boundary Park, taking the lead on 42 minutes through Crysencio Summerville’s penalty.
The visitors then doubled their lead just before the hour, Sean McGurk forcing an own goal from Latics skipper Harrison McGahey.
Oldham then pulled one back through Zak, but Leeds soon reinstated their two-goal lead.
McGurk saw his effort saved and deflected off Kyle Jameson into the hosts’ net on 80 minutes.
Davis Keilor-Dunn struck deep into injury time, but Leeds hung on for a 3-2 victory.
Bate, who joined the Thorp Arch setup from Chelsea in the summer, once again impressed for the Yorkshire outfit.
Indeed, calls for him to be included in one of Marcelo Bielsa’s squads are growing ever louder.
“Great intensity throughout and a good buffer for his defensive teammates, Bate performed a typically predictable tempo-dictating role in front of the centre-backs,” wrote Leeds Live, who gave him 8 out of 10.
“A few speculative passes came off; others didn’t, but the endeavour was present. Never dispossessed in dangerous areas and alert to danger in his zone.”
Here is what some Leeds fans said on Twitter:
Next kid for a league debut. Massive talent. I would be surprised if Bate didn’t make it on to the bench at the wkend.— Adam Ross (@rossi_on) September 29, 2021
Bate needs that chance at first team level now though, even if it’s off the bench in the cup against Arsenal to minimise risk.— Alex (@Alex1919LUFC) September 29, 2021
McAlmont got his chance (against Stoke I think?) & looked out of his depth.
It’s not possible to get bored watching Lewis Bate play football! I can’t not mention him after every game because he’s absolutely class!— Lewy Pearce 🏆 (@LewyPearce) September 28, 2021
Dare I say it the most talented player alongside Joffy and he’s only been with us a few months!
Obscenely gifted footballer 🔥⚽️#lufc #mot
He’s so good mate. Orta has found a gem there I know it 🔥— Lewy Pearce 🏆 (@LewyPearce) September 28, 2021
He’s a definite talent and agree he’s up there with Joffy. We’ve hardly see Joffy so don’t expect to see Bate anytime soon— Andy Firth (@AndrewFirth21) September 29, 2021
Lewis Bate vs. Oldham:— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) September 28, 2021
90 mins played
81% pass accuracy
42/52 successful passes
7/11 successful long passes 🔥
4 duels won
4 interceptions 👊
2/2 successful take-ons
1 chance created
1 tackle won
Classy operator. 👌 #LUFC pic.twitter.com/5CxTLQe2tH
Lewis Bate is a serious player! Up there with Joffy atm. What a baller#lufc— Paul Roberts 💙🤍💛 (@Captain_Prob) September 29, 2021
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