Phil Hay believes that Robbie Gotts ‘suspects his future lies elsewhere’ after being sent out on loan by Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa.
The Argentine believes in keeping promising youngsters and fringe players close to the team and training at Thorp Arch.
Hay believes that the fact Gotts was sent out on loan to Salford City means that the manager does not rate him as highly, and he could be in line for an exit in the summer.
In his Athletic column, Hay wrote, “He’s [Gotts] a lovely lad and a good player but I got a distinct impression that he suspects his future lies elsewhere.
“Bielsa always keeps his leading under-23s close to him. He’d rather they trained at Thorp Arch than played elsewhere on loan
“This naturally concludes that anyone who is allowed to leave on loan is a fair distance from his plans.”
Best move for all parties
Gotts was loaned out to Lincoln City at the start of the season but failed to make an impact at the League One outfit.
He then moved to Salford City for the remainder of the season, where he’s made 15 appearances and scored two goals.
His performances have not set the world alight to get Leeds or Bielsa talking about him, and it’s probably best for all parties involved that he moves on.
Gotts fits the bill in terms of being a versatile player capable of playing as a right-back as well as in the heart of midfield, but his development has not kept pace with the club as it moves up in the Premier League.
The 21-year-old’s contract expires at the end of 2022 but we think we’re unlikely to see him don a Leeds jersey again unless someone at the club has a dramatic change of heart.
Even then, it’s unlikely Gotts would want to stay on as he would not get playing minutes – something that’s crucial at his age.
The six minutes he played in the Championship, coming off the bench in a 2-0 defeat against Cardiff City, are the only playing time he was given by Bielsa.
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