Leeds United youngster Robbie Gotts is the latest young talent tipped to make the breakthrough into Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team at Elland Road.
The 19-year-old defender, primarily a right-back, has the versatility to make an impact in midfield too and has been something of a standout for the club’s academy sides.
Indeed, in 2017-18, Gotts was voted the club’s Academy Scholar of the Year, and can also bring his tough tackling to a role in central midfield.
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And former Leeds defender Ben Parker has backed the teenager to make his way into Bielsa’s plans.
“Yeah, I could see him in the first team,” he said, as per HITC.
“He’s just everything you want in a defender. It is all very good going forward and joining the attack, but you’ve got remain solid. He’s dynamic.”
Bielsa has not been averse to throwing in solid young players, as evidenced by his promotions of Jamie Shackleton and Jack Clarke this season.
Gotts appears to be the next in line.
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He is just 19, but he already has a keen eye for a pass and the stamina to get up and down the pitch continuously.
Gotts has regularly been deployed as the midfield engine room for Leeds’ Under-23 side, and travelled with the first-team squad for the game against QPR in December, being handed the number 53 shirt.
He was also on the bench for games against Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers over Christmas, but his contract expires at the end of the season.
Football Insider has reported that talks are underway between the two parties to tie Gotts down and it is of little surprise.
Bielsa appears to be grooming Gotts for his first-team debut, having already successfully introduced Clarke and Shackleton to the team.
Expect Gotts to be on the pitch for Leeds’ senior side sooner rather than later.