Lewis Bate has been described as a magician, with Karl Robinson claiming that the Leeds United loanee is one of the best players he has ever coached – in comments reported by the Oxford Mail.

Bate has been something of a forgotten man at Elland Road in recent months. There was huge excitement about the 20-year-old following his switch from Chelsea. And he did get a chance for the first-team, making four appearances last season.

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Under Marcelo Bielsa, a youngster securing a loan move was an ominous sign. However, Jesse Marsch allowed the youngster to leave in the summer, with Bate joining Oxford United for the season.

Leeds loanee Lewis Bate lauded

He took some time to get going in League One. He barely featured during October, being left on the bench twice and missing out on the squad twice also.

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However, there has been a sharp turnaround since. Bate has become a key player for Oxford. And Robinson suggested that the starlet is very much destined for the highest level.

“He’s one of the best I’ve worked with, and I mean that,” he said, as reported by the Oxford Mail.

“The problem is we’ve got him so young, we’ll be watching him in three or four years’ time running games at the top level – I’m sure of that.

“The kid’s a magician. He needs goals and assists, that becomes the reason you play in the central area of the football pitch.”

Robinson’s comments are extremely exciting. The Oxford Mail notes that he has previously worked with players such as Dele Alli and Patrick Bamford. So he knows what it takes to reach that level.

As previously mentioned, the loan system is now being used in a different way by Leeds. It now appears that those away from the club right now do potentially have a future at Elland Road.

And Bate is one of those who must be earmarked for a chance upon his return. Leeds do not have huge depth in the middle of the park. And he did not look out of place when he came up against the likes of West Ham and Chelsea last term.

Certainly, he is now doing all he can to make a big statement to Marsch ahead of his return.

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