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Leeds United now ‘expect’ to bid farewell to the ‘magician’ on a free transfer in the summer

Leeds United have a number of players set to see their contracts at Elland Road expire in the summer, with one midfielder now ‘expected’ to leave the club on a free transfer.

Leeds captain Liam Cooper is still hoping to land a new contract as he approaches a decade at the club. Defenders Sam Byram and Jamie Shackleton are also out of contract at the end of the season.

Stuart Dallas has confirmed he will retire this summer, while Luke Ayling and Ian Poveda look set to sign permanent deals at their loan clubs Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday.

Robin Koch has already agreed a permanent move to Frankfurt when his Bundesliga loan expires. Cody Drameh and Lew Bate are in similar positions while out on loan.

Drameh was impressive at Birmingham City but tailed off towards the end of the season, while 21-year-old midfielder Bate caught the eye on loan at MK Dons in the second half of the season.

Now The Yorkshire Evening Post on Bate has provided an update, once called “magical” by Karl Robinson:

Milton Keynes Dons' Lewis Bate plays during the first half of the Sky Bet League 2 match between MK Dons and Mansfield Town at Stadium MK in...
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Lew Bate was now “expected” to leave Leeds in the summer

Bate joined Leeds in the summer of 2021 from Chelsea and the hype surrounding the teenager’s talent was high. In that term, he played four times for the senior team, twice with Marcelo Bielsa before his exit.

Then, two games into Jesse Marsch, the club somehow avoided relegation on the final day with defeats against Arsenal and Chelsea. But he had to wait until the start of this season for his next outing.

A late exit against Shrewsbury was his only taste of first-team football under Daniel Farke. Although he did well at MK Dons, that is still only the fourth tier and not the level needed to earn a new contract.

The report from the YEP claims that Bate is “expected” to leave Leeds in the summer on a free and will not be offered a new deal. Something we might not have expected after the breakout in 2022.

Marcelo Bielsa, Head Coach / Manager of Leeds United during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur at Elland Road...
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What Marcelo Bielsa said about Leeds talent Bate in 2021

Bielsa was a big fan of Bate when he first arrived at Elland Road from Chelsea three years ago. Speaking to Leeds Live, he said: “He’s a player who gets better every time in the games he’s in.

“He is a player who constantly manages the ball and doesn’t lose it very often. And he has a good sense of a pass, he can put it through the needle,” said the Argentine legend to Bate three years ago.

Bate needs to leave Leeds and find a club where he can play regularly, but certainly at a level above League Two. A top League One side, or a Championship club, would be well served to sign Bate.

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