Leeds United have been brilliant at handling their young stars this summer.
The likes of Mateusz Bogusz, Jordan Stevens, Ryan Edmondson and Alfie McCalmont have all been sent out on loan to cut their teeth in the senior game and gain some valuable experience, but one man whose future remained uncertain for a long time was Robbie Gotts.
In the end, it was Lincoln City who signed the youngster on a loan deal until the end of the season, and Gotts certainly needed this chance.
The midfielder seems to have a bright future at the club, having won the club’s Academy Player of the Year award last season, but he’s seen his opportunities limited at Leeds United, something that Marcelo Bielsa has acknowledged as a problem.
The Leeds manager spoke about his situation last December saying:
“In Gotts’s situation, I feel guilty about what is happening because he does everything to achieve his goal even though he didn’t have minutes on the pitch.
“It’s a situation unfair for Gotts. It’s very, very difficult for me to resolve. It’s difficult, but the reality is they are young players forced to say nothing and accept what the manager decides. This increases the feeling I have I am worrying about.”
Bielsa clearly felt bad about the way he treated Gotts, but he’s finally put that right now by giving him a chance to spread his wings in League One with Lincoln.
El Loco now has no reason to feel guilty about Gotts’ situation, but the midfielder now has to prove that he’s worthy of getting more chances at Leeds when he returns for the 2021/22 season.
Whether or not he can do that remains to be seen, but with Lincoln having a 100% winning record in League One after four games, he’s certainly at the right place to succeed at that level.