Leeds United midfielder Lewis Bate says his ultimate goal is to play for Leeds United in the Premier League.
Speaking in an interview with YEP, the youngster said that his main aim is to play for the first team in the Premier League. Bate joined the club in July 2021 on a three-year deal from Chelsea. The midfielder has only made three league appearances for the club since joining.
The teenager joined Oxford United on loan for the 2022/23 campaign but is optimistic of his future at Elland Road:
“Obviously, I moved to Leeds last summer for a reason. And I’d say I fell in love with the club. The way it is at Leeds, it’s a top, top club and obviously if you want to play in the Premier League, Leeds is a fantastic place to be. This season was always about getting minutes and getting a feel for first-team football, and then that is the plan to go back to Leeds. But if that doesn’t happen straightaway, then we’ll see. Again, it won’t set me back. But my ultimate goal is to play for Leeds in the Premier League.” Bate said in the interview.
The Englishman is highly rated at Elland Road, with Marcelo Bielsa earmarking him as the long-term successor to Kalvin Phillips, who joined Man City this summer: “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 said in one of his press conferences last year.
Bate has played 12 games for Oxford this season, starting nine games and providing three assists in a solid start to the campaign. If he continues to grow and get minutes under his belt on loan, then a first team role next year is not far from the question.