Robbie Gotts and Leeds United will be concerned after Salford City announced the departure of manager Richie Wellens on Monday afternoon.
Wellens’ departure comes as something of a shock with Salford winning last season’s Papa John’s trophy last week and the club still in the hunt for a League Two play-off spot.
Gotts has been on loan at Salford since January after failing to make an impact at Lincoln City during the first half of the campaign.
Wellens has been full of praise for the 21-year-old full-back since his January move and he is quoted as calling him a ‘typical Bielsa player’ by the Evening Express.
He also said, “His passing is good, he’s scored two in three for us and could have had more. He is a really good, infectious lad who the group has taken to straight away.
“We are going to improve him for free, that’s why Leeds have loaned him to us. We think he has a real chance to go all the way.”
These quotes will have been music to Gotts’ ears after only picking up seven League One appearances with the Imps before the festive period.
Speaking after Gotts left Lincoln, Imps boss Michael Appleton told Lincolnshire Live, “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.”
It would be hard for Gotts to have had less game time at Salford as he was never really given a fair crack of the whip by Appleton.
Now Gotts has found a manager that seems to believe in him and is willing to give the player plenty of game time, albeit in a lower division, he has been sacked.
There must be concerns that Gotts’ development could be hampered again if a new manager comes in and doesn’t want the Leeds talent to be part of his first-team plans.
At this stage, this is pure speculation but there is no doubting Leeds chiefs will be keeping a close eye on who is appointed Salford boss and whether a bright talent is given the game time that he needs.
Luckily, even if Gotts is dropped, there isn’t much of the season left but every game counts when you’re a young player looking to develop and his progress must not be hampered again.
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