Adam Forshaw has picked out Leeds United’s Robbie Gotts as a special talent to come out of the academy and feels he deserves a first-team debut.
Gotts has been singled out by senior Whites midfielder Forshaw for his immense potential.
The 19-year-old is unseen at senior level, but has been knocking on the door for a debut during the last year and is in Marcelo Bielsa’s thinking.
He’s been included in the match day squad for Leeds in 10 games so far this season across all competitions, but reminded an unused substitute and is waiting patiently to get a chance.
The teenager has come through the youth ranks with the Yorkshire club as a right-back, but is a versatile ace that has shown he can play in midfield too and has developed well under Carlos Corberan at Under-23s level.
Forshaw has explained he’s seen a star quality from Gotts in training and feels Bielsa should give him a chance.
“He hasn’t made an appearance so I’ll say Robbie Gotts,” Forshaw responded when asked who will be the next breakout star at Leeds.
“I think he’s breaking the record for amount of appearances on the bench without getting a shirt. In my eyes so unfortunate not to come on or play yet. He’s got so much ability. He deserves a go, such a hard competitor when you train up against him. I think he’ll have a decent career.”
Gotts has been around the Leeds first-team this season and he was also an unused substitute in 15 senior games last season, which shows he can’t be far away from a debut.
He can take inspiration from the realistic path of academy player to first teamer at Leeds, with the likes of Jamie Shackleton and Kalvin Phillips shining examples of that in recent years at Elland Road.
It seems like Gotts will get his chance at some point and he needs to seize any opportunity that comes his way.