Leeds coach hints never before seen talent could be involved on Sunday


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Leeds United U23 boss Mark Jackson said Lewis Bate had not played against Manchester United while training with Marcelo Bielsa’s first team, via the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The Whites development team lost 3-2 to the Red Devils at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday afternoon.

Jackson was deprived of a number of his usual players, with Charlie Cresswell, Joe Gelhardt and Cody Drameh also absent.

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Sean McGurk and Nohan Kenneh twice equalized Leeds against Manchester United, but Amad Diallo secured the home side victory. Showing careful footwork in White’s box to find the net in the 87th minute.

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Bate had been a mainstay of Jackson’s plans during Leeds’ Premier League 2 campaign until Saturday. The 19-year-old central midfielder starting each of his previous 10 matches.

The London-born hopeful, who joined the Whites from Chelsea for £ 1.5 million this summer, also recorded his first PL2 assist of the season so far against Arsenal in his last outing.

But Leeds failed to avoid defeat and now have six PL2 games without a win after losing to Manchester United.

Jackson explains Bate’s absence for Leeds U23

Jackson explained after Leeds’ loss to Manchester United that Bate was not present as he was training with Bielsa’s first team.

The Whites host Leicester City at Elland Road on Sunday in hopes of securing back-to-back wins after beating Norwich last week. And Jackson hinted that Bate might be involved.

“Lewis is in good shape and doing well”, Jackson Explain. “He trained with the first team at Thorp Arch today. [So], it was not available to us for selection.

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“He’s a player who performed well in the 23-year-old and he trained well too. “He trained with the first team today, so we’ll see what happens.”

Should Bielsa give Bate his senior debut against Leicester?

Bate left Chelsea without ever having managed a first-team game for the Stamford Bridge side. The England U20 international has also made just three match teams in all competitions.

Bielsa has yet to name the youngster in any of his match squads. But Jackson’s comments would suggest – as some fans expect – that Bate could be involved when Leeds host Leicester on Sunday.

Bate is leaving positive impressions on those of Thorp Arch and Leeds U23 in their PL2 matches under Jackson. He might now have a chance at some point to do so under Bielsa.

The midfielder contributed plenty of offensive moves and deep bursts of speed that would work well under Bielsa. While adding more physics to his game each week, it will prove to be beneficial once he makes his eventual debut at the senior level.

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