By David Woods

28th Oct, 2020 | 10:12am

MOT View: Leeds loanee having disaster at new club – Bielsa must cut deal short in Jan

Leeds United youngster Robbie Gotts must be feeling like the unluckiest player in the football league. 

He’s gone from an eternity sitting on the bench at Leeds to sitting stranded on the bench at League One Lincoln after joining them on a season-long loan this summer.

After showing huge promise at Leeds, Marcelo Bielsa actually apologised to him over his lack of game time at Elland Road.

He was named as a sub 31 times in the league before getting a short six-minute cameo in the Championship last season. That’s the sum of his game-time in the league for Leeds.

He’s only started one game, in the FA Cup game against Arsenal, when he put in a solid performance.

Talking about Gotts in the Yorkshire Evening Post, Bielsa said that Stuart Dallas, Jamie Shackleton and Mateusz Klich were keeping him out of the side and that he felt guilty about the youngster’s lack of game time.

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Athletic journalist Phil Hay said that Bielsa actually apologised to Gotts in his office.

Gotts moved to League One Lincoln this season in search of game time – and he’s been benched for every single game without getting a single minute on the pitch.

Sending youngsters out on loan is a shift for Leeds and Victor Orta said that the new loan policy included financial incentives to get game time for the youngsters.

That’s clearly not working in Gotts’ case.

Gotts would be far better in the Leeds Under-23s than sitting on the bench for a League One side, even if they are flying at the top of the table.

If things don’t change in a major way Bielsa must cut his season-long loan short and recall him in January.

That might seem hypocritical after Eddie Nketiah was largely kept on the bench in his loan at Leeds but the club must do everything to ensure the careers of our youngsters are properly looked after.

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