Lewis Bate scouting report: The Chelsea youngster who shines like Mateo Kovacic in FA Youth Cup

Chelsea have been blessed with some midfield talent to have come through their academy in recent years.

You only have to look at the current first team to see the likes of Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to see that they have players who can dominate matches.

The latest batch of academy prospects are no different, with the youngsters being comfortable on the ball and willing to take the ball in difficult positions.

However, during the FA Youth Cup clash with Millwall tonight, the player who stood out the most in that role is young Lewis Bate.

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The 17-year-old took up his usual position in the middle of the park, with the Blues playing a 3-4-1-2 system, with the width coming from Tino Livramento and Ian Maatsen.

For Bate, it was a chance to run the show in the heart of the middle of the park at Stamford Bridge, and it’s certainly something he achieved.

The youngster is not the biggest of midfielders, however he certainly makes his presence felt and isn’t afraid to put in a tackle or two.

However, it is his work on the ball which is the most impressive.

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Chelsea fans are used this season to seeing Mateo Kovacic pick up the ball and drive past people, setting the Blues on attacks.

And Bate is no different in this youth side, with the only difference being that the youngster has a cultured left foot.

The England youth international breezed past players. At times he doesn’t look the quickest, but has a shuffling side that seems he is able to gather speed and a low centre of gravity makes him hard to stop.

Looking at him he could be compared to Jack Wilshere in style, just hopefully without the injuries in the future.

Lewis Bate during Chelsea’s FA Youth Cup match with Millwall (Photo by Clive Howes – Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

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