Spotted: Reliable jouro shares new Lewis Bate-Leeds update as he’s caught on camera today

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Lewis Bate has been spotted with the Leeds United Under-23s squad tonight (Friday) as they get ready to play Leicester in Premier League 2.

There has been some clamour among fans for Bate, 18, to get a call-up to Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team squad amid a good run of form for the Under-23s and selection issues in the senior side.

However, LeedsLive journalist Joe Donnohue has spotted Bate at the King Power Stadium tonight, which suggests Bate might not be involved when Leeds play Watford in the Premier League on Saturday.

Lewis Bate, Stuart McKinstry, Sean McGurk, Max Dean and Cody Drameh all here. #LUFC pic.twitter.com/gpw8yMdFpP

— Joe Donnohue (@JoeDonnohue) October 1, 2021

Spot on bench still possible

We’re all dying to see Bate in action in Leeds’ first-team because the summer signing, who arrived from Chelsea, is a really talented young player.

The central midfielder has been in good form for the Under-23s so far this season and played a big role in Mark Jackson’s side beating Oldham 3-2 in the EFL Trophy this week.

Bielsa even spoke about Bate in his pre-match press conference this week with BBC Radio Leeds’ Adam Pope quoting the Whites boss as saying: “He performs better every time in the games he’s a part of.

“He’s a player who is constantly managing the ball and he doesn’t lose it very often.

“He has a good sense of a pass. He can thread it through the eye of a needle.”

Bielsa on midfielder Lewis Bate: “He performs better every time in the games he’s a part of. He’s a player who is constantly managing the ball & he doesn’t lose it very often. He has a good sense of a pass. He can thread it through the eye of a needle.” #lufc pic.twitter.com/vIRQNqUKbH

— Adam Pope (@apopey) September 30, 2021

Some Leeds fans understandably want to see Bate in action against Watford this weekend but the fact he’s been spotted at Leicester this evening suggests Bielsa isn’t planning to play the teenage talent.

Here are some of the tweets:

Would include him on the bench. Short on cover. Relying heavily on Dallas staying fit. Not at his best

— White Knight LUFC (@WhiteKnightLUFC) September 30, 2021

Won’t happen but I honestly want to see Bate starting vs Watford even if it means we have to go with a double pivot in midfield (although I think he can definitely play in front of KP as an 8). Cresswell yesterday showed yesterday the under 23’s deserve chances.

— Oscar #StopSpectrum10K (@OscarMarrio) September 26, 2021

I’d play Lewis bate against Watford. We need a midfield. #lufc

— Ben (@Varneyshairline) September 26, 2021

We’d like to see Bate too. But starting a Premier League match after a six-game winless start to the season? Probably not.

His time will come, as it did with Crysencio Summerville, Joe Gelhardt and Charlie Cresswell.

Let’s remain patient and trust Bielsa.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has hit out at The Sun after a ridiculous story about Bielsa.

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