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Leeds United Player Emerges On Radar Of League One Clubs: Should Bielsa Let Him Leave?

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According to Lincolnshire Live, Lincoln City and Swindon Town are eyeing a move for Robbie Gotts. The Leeds United midfielder is attracting a lot of interest just before the domestic transfer window in England slams to a shut on 16th October. Both these League One outfits are joined by league rivals Charlton Athletic in the pursuit of Gotts, who is highly rated by manager Marcelo Bielsa.

Robbie Gotts’ Early Season Problems

One of the highly-rated members of the Leeds United academy, Robbie Gotts was always going to find it difficult to get into the club’s starting lineup, following their promotion to the Premier League.

The young midfielder is yet to make a single appearance in the league so far, with his only game coming in the poor defeat to Hull City in the Carabao Cup. Even then, he could only make a substitute appearance featuring in the last 12 minutes of the match.

As a result, Gotts has primarily played for Leeds United’s reserve side featuring in three games in Premier League 2 so far.

Lincoln City and Swindon Town are eyeing a move for Robbie Gotts - He needs game-time.
Arsenal s Granit Xhaka tussles with Leeds Robbie Gotts during the FA Cup match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: 6th January 2020. Picture credit should read: David Klein/Sportimage PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxUK SPI-0418-0007

Does He Have A Future At Elland Road?

Gotts is not technically a part of the Leeds United setup. However, he is definitely one of their most talented young players, alongside the likes of Mateusz Bogusz and Joe Gelhardt among many others.

However, it is unlikely that Gotts’ future lies at Elland Road, at least for the short term given the fact that the Whites already boast the services of players like Kalvin Phillips and Mateusz Klich. In addition, they have Jamie Shackleton while both Pablo Hernandez and Adam Forshaw could soon return to first-team fold after struggling with injuries.

What Should Bielsa Do Here?

Staying at Elland Road might not be a wise option for Robbie Gotts as he runs the risk of falling further down the pecking order due to lack of game-time. He also has to continue playing in the reserve league.

Hence, a more logical option for the midfielder will be to switch to a temporary new home, and the likes of Swindon Town, Lincoln City and Charlton Athletic might be decent destinations. Although Gotts would have preferred a move to Championship, playing a whole season in the third-tier could help gain some much-needed experience as he looks to follow the footsteps of Phillips.

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