Lincoln City boss Michael Appleton has claimed that disagreements over playing time are what led to Robbie Gotts returning to Leeds United this month.
The versatile Gotts had his loan at the LNER Stadium terminated early and he was then sent on loan to League Two Salford for the rest of the season.
Appleton is quoted by Lincolnshire Live as saying that it wasn’t Gotts’ fault that he was unable to get more minutes with the Imps and he also claimed that he wanted the Leeds man to stay
He said, “You don’t want to stop a player having the opportunity to go and further their career and education. What I mean by that is he was clearly desperate for some game time.
“Having spoken to Robbie a couple of times before it happened, I get the impression he’s been guaranteed more game time than what I can guarantee him here.
“That’s through no fault of his own, that’s through the other players in the squad doing ever so well and keeping him out of the side.”
Gotts only started four of Lincoln’s 16 League One games as it was clear to the Leeds hierarchy that he wasn’t being given the chance to develop in the way that was desired when the loan was agreed.
The 21-year-old was deployed mainly as a right-back though he was occasionally pushed into the midfield where he is equally comfortable.
The move to League Two may better reflect Gotts’ ability as he should have a better chance of starting more games in a less competitive division.
Gotts did go straight into Salford’s starting 11 for their weekend game against Newport and he played most of the match, being substituted in the 79th minute.
We are glad that a top young talent is being looked after by the club with Leeds bosses certainly keen to make sure that our loanees are given the best possible chance to develop.
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