Leeds poised to sign Kalvin Phillips understudy
20 Jul 2021 07:23 am, by YorkshireSquare
Good Morning. It's Tuesday 20th July, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Leeds poised to sign Chelsea starlet Lewis Bate
The Daily Mail have reported that Leeds are one of a few clubs interested in signing 18-year-old Chelsea youngster Lewis Bate, whose current contract at Stamford Bridge is due to expire next summer. Liverpool, West Ham and Southampton also want the midfielder. Victor Orta is said to have admired the England youth international for a long time. The deep-lying central midfielder was a prominent part of Chelsea’s Premier League 2 campaign last season as well as wearing the captain's armband on two occasions in the FA Youth Cup. A 'slight but combative midfield player with an eye for a defence-splitting forward pass' he could be the young understudy for Kalvin Phillips Leeds have been looking for.
Bate has been stalling on signing a new deal with Chelsea which has prompted a number of clubs including Leeds to take a look. The player himself has fuelled the speculation of a move to Elland Road himself by following a number of Leeds players on Instagram. Amongst those followed are Raphinha, Kalvin Phillips, Patrick Bamford, Tyler Roberts, Sam Greenwood and Joe Gelhardt. Does Lewis Bate excite you as a signing, is he the young player we need to provide backup for Kalvin Phillips in that defensive midfield role? If he did sign could you see him spending the whole season playing for the U23s or would you expect him to deputise for Kalvin Phillips in the first team?
Pre-season fixtures get underway next week
Leeds United are set to kick off their 2021-2022 pre-season next week starting on Tuesday at Nethermoor Park against Guiseley before heading to Ewood Park on Wednesday to take on Blackburn Rovers. Leeds will have 4,500 tickets for the game with the potential for more based on sales. Tickets go on sale this morning at 10.30am to 2019/20 Away Season Ticket Holders who have purchased a 2021/22 Home Season Ticket or 2021/22 My Leeds Membership, then at 2.00pm to 2021/22 Home Season Ticket Holders on a first come, first served basis. Remaining tickets will go on sale to My Leeds Members on Thursday 22nd July.
It will be the first opportunity for Leeds United to (legitimately) go to an away game since February 2020 when Leeds beat Hull City 4-0 at the KCOM Stadium. Will you be heading over to Lancashire? Are you excited for pre-season? With so many fixtures in such a short time it will be an opportunity for the younger players to get some game time and for Bielsa to experiment as he tends to do in these games. Will we learn much about the team from these games? The 4-3 defeat to Oxford in 2018 didn’t exactly show us what to expect come Marcelo Bielsa’s first competitive game in charge against Stoke City!
Leeds youngsters in demand
Mark Jackson’s U23s side had an incredible first season in the Premier League 2. A nine-game winning streak saw them crowned Division 2 champions winning promotion to Division 1 in the process. It’s no surprise then that members of the side have attracted attention from other clubs. Cody Drameh and Sam Greenwood are amongst the names on the wanted lists with clubs poised to make a move should Leeds show any signs of sending them out on loan. Crysencio Summerville is another player attracting interest from clubs in Belgium and Holland.
But Leeds are showing no signs of letting the players go. Marcelo Bielsa famously prefers for the young players closest to breaking through to the senior squad to remain at the club, training in his methods, developing under his careful watch. With the likes of Gelhardt, Drameh, Greenwood and Summerville set to stay at Thorp Arch this coming season do you think any of them will make the breakthrough into the first team? If they don’t get their chance this season could they start to push for first team football elsewhere next summer?