Latest Leeds United youngster attracting EFL interest after private Jesse Marsch conversation

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Leeds United transfers state of play as several fringe squad members facing uncertain future

Leeds United’s pre-season tour of Australia proved a watershed moment for several fringe players this summer as Jesse Marsch selected his 26-man squad to head Down Under.

Those who made the cut are likely to play a part in the Premier League this season with Marsch speaking glowingly about the attitude and commitment of his group since arriving in Gold Coast over a week ago.

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A number of fringe squad members were left at Thorp Arch, though, training with the Under-21 group while attempts are made to secure a loan or permanent move away from Elland Road this season.

Jamie Shackleton was next in line to depart Leeds this summer, joining Charlie Cresswell on a season-long loan at Championship side Millwall.

This follows Tyler Roberts’ own season-long loan move to Queens Park Rangers, also in the Championship.

Junior Firpo remained in the United Kingdom after picking up a knock which will keep him sidelined for ‘eight weeks’, according to Marsch, while Helder Costa, Ian Poveda and Lewis Bate also stayed home.

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Costa and Poveda spent last season out on loan with Valencia and Blackburn Rovers, respectively, and their non-involvement during the team’s Australia tour indicates Marsch is planning for life without them this season.

Lewis Bate could secure a loan move for 2022/23 (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)Lewis Bate could secure a loan move for 2022/23 (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)
Lewis Bate could secure a loan move for 2022/23 (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

Bate, on the other hand, made his first Premier League start in the 3-0 home defeat to former club Chelsea in May, handed the opportunity by Marsch.

The teenager is still thought to have a bright future at Elland Road but is in need of more regular football at a higher level than Premier League 2 Division 2 following the young Whites’ relegation last term.

A number of League One clubs are understood to be interested in the 19-year-old midfielder, while the reasoning for Bate’s pre-season tour omission stems from a conversation with head coach Jesse Marsch regarding game-time this season.

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Charlie Cresswell held court with Marsch and director of football Victor Orta last month before being granted a loan move to Millwall, per his request for transparency over first-team opportunities at Leeds and the chance to go on loan elsewhere.

Bate’s own discussion could yield a similar move for the England U-20 international with Oxford United boss Karl Robinson an admirer of the ex-Chelsea youngster.

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