Marcelo Bielsa has something of a reputation for handing out chances to young players, but at Leeds, he’s not been all that good at developing budding footballers.
Indeed, although lists have been made praising the Argentine for advancing players both at Leeds and away from Elland Road, the truth is that he hasn’t done all that much for the homegrown talent coming through in Yorkshire.
In fact, players aged 21 and under have started just 10 league games cumulatively this season for the Whites, and one man who has suffered from this is Robbie Gotts.
The midfielder has been a stalwart on Leeds’ bench for some time, appearing as a sub 35 times since the start of the Argentine’s tenure before finally being handed a chance against Arsenal.
Since the game against the Gunners, Gotts hasn’t been seen again, and that simply isn’t good for his development.
Bielsa has even publicly admitted that he feels guilty for not giving Gotts enough chances, and he’s stated that he would completely understand if he wanted to leave, and it may be time for the 20-year-old to take him up on that idea.
Gotts should consider departing Elland Road on a temporary basis next season.
He’ll be turning 21 later this year, and when you get to that age you want to start getting some experience in senior football no matter which level that may be at.
With United on the brink of promotion to the Premier League, Gotts getting a chance at Elland Road next term seems incredibly unlikely after failing to breakthrough in the Championship, so he needs to go and cut his teeth with temporary stint away before returning and hopefully staking a claim for a starting role.
Leeds should happily oblige as well, Bielsa’s comments on him leaving show that he knows that he needs gametime to develop, and if the club don’t let him go out on loan they’ll only be stifling him.
In other news, Leeds signing this 17 y/o could solve one huge problem.