Manchester City man among those praising Leeds ace after U23 loss

Lewis Bate has been hailed by a host of players from Leeds United and Chelsea, as well as Manchester City star James McAtee, on Instagram after the white midfielder’s performance in their under-23 defeat on Friday.

Bate was excellent as Mark Jackson’s men suffered a frustrating loss to the Blues at Thorp Arch. They fell 2-0 during the first half before Tyler Roberts halved the deficit from the penalty spot just before the break.

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Leeds were excellent after the break. And it looked like they were knocking on the door in their push for an equalizer.

But their hopes were dashed late. Chelsea were awarded a very controversial penalty kick and made the points secure.

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However, there were some positive things for Leeds. Leo Hjelde looked very impressive on the left back. Max Dean and Joe Gelhardt, meanwhile, had some bright moments in the final third.

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But Leeds’ perhaps best player of the day was Bate, who of course lined up against his former club.

The 19-year-old was praised by supporters of both clubs on social media after his performance.

He was put under a lot of pressure by his opponents in the middle of the park. And at times, it seemed like he was taken out of the game.

But he still managed to make an impact and showed ambition on the ball. He managed to unlock the defense on a number of occasions. And several of their opportunities came from Bate’s good work.

‘What a guy’: Lewis Bate hailed after Leeds’ U23 defeat

Bate has now taken to Instagram to comment on the result. And in response, he has been hailed by players from several different clubs.

Cody Drameh described his Leeds teammate as a warrior. Meanwhile, Chelsea man praised Xavier Simons Bate, after he was handed the captain’s armband at one point …

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