Pundit thrilled by Leeds starlet 'just like Dallas' as footage emerges
Noel Whelan has lauded Leeds United youngster Lewis Bate after his “tremendous” goal against Salford City this week.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker hailed the 19-year-old’s strike and compared it to Stuart Dallas’ second against Manchester City last season.
Bate started on the bench for the under-21s’ EFL Trophy clash against Salford but came on to steal the show with his individual effort.
Following a Salford corner, the teenager intercepted a pass in his own half before running the length of the pitch and showing the composure to finish.
Whelan raved over the youngster’s effort and insisted he showed everything you could want in those conditions.
Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Fantastic. A tremendous finish. You’re talking about it later on in the game as well.
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“Very much like Stuart Dallas against Manchester City when you look back at it. To have that fitness level, that pace, that control, that manipulation of a ball, to run so far with it, keeping it under control.
“Then when it gets to that crucial part to have that level head, to have that confidence and composure in front of goal. To keep focused on what you need to do now, there were different elements leading up to that goal.
“That was the final chapter of it. Could he finish the book off? Absolutely. Did he do it in style? Yes, he did.”
A summer signing from Chelsea, Bate is yet to make his senior debut for Leeds.
He has played every minute of the Whites’ Premier League 2 campaign.