MOT View: Loan exit surely best solution for Leeds talent Bielsa is reportedly ‘convinced' about
Leeds United have a wealth of good young talent knocking on the door of the first team at the moment.
Whether it’s more recognisable names like Leif Davis or Ian Poveda, or less established prospects like Oliver Casey or Alfie McCalmont, the future is looking very bright at Elland Road.
And another name you could easily add to that list of prodigious players is versatile midfielder Robbie Gotts.
The 20-year-old made his first team debut against Arsenal back in January after warming the bench a whopping 35 times without seeing a minute of action.
He looked good in that match too, registering a pass completion rate of 83% – 1.5% higher than Mateusz Klich’s season average – and executing 100% of his long balls, as per Wyscout.
In fact, expectations are so high for the academy product that he has been included on a list of five Leeds players who could save the club “millions” in the transfer market by Leeds Live.
Writing about Gotts in that article, Leeds United editor Joe Mewis said: “Were it not for the form and near-constant availability of Mateusz Klich in the number eight role, Gotts would have more minutes to his name, but Bielsa is convinced that the Thorp Arch product has the quality to become a key player.
“His superb, dynamic performances for the under-23s in the middle of the park suggest that is where his long-term future lies, but he has the versatility that Bielsa craves, putting in plenty of decent shifts at right-back.”
The fact that Bielsa sees Gotts as a future “key player” is very exciting, but even the manager himself has admitted that he feels guilty over the lack of opportunities that the starlet has had so far.
And it’s not easy to see how that situation will improve next term either.
Assuming Klich stays injury free, it’s hard to imagine Gotts getting too many chances to prove himself in the first team picture.
Perhaps then, a loan could be a good idea for the youngster.
Bielsa has made it clear that he sees a future for the player at Leeds, but has also pointed out that he would not stand in his way if he did decide that he needed to look elsewhere for more minutes – as disappointing as that would be.
Surely the best solution is, therefore, to send him out for a temporary stint next season.
That way Gotts gets the minutes that Bielsa feels he deserves, while also ensuring that his long term future remains at Elland Road.
Unless something drastic changes over the summer, it feels like the most sensible thing for both club and player.
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