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Could Robbie Gotts’s wait for Leeds debut end this weekend?

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Could Robbie Gotts’s wait for Leeds debut end this weekend?

Leeds United may have won their last five games, and Patrick Bamford may be on a run of three goals in four games, but perhaps the most intriguing run involving the Whites centres around Robbie Gotts and his wait for his first-team debut.

The 20-year-old boasts a remarkable record since featuring in the senior squad for the first time 12 months ago. He is yet to play for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, and has now been an unused substitute in 25 Championship games.

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It is such an interesting statistic because it is clear that Bielsa has faith in the youngster. Some of his under-23 teammates look to have bright careers of them, and yet, they have featured in the first-team fold nowhere near as often.

Nevertheless, it is surprising that Bielsa is yet to find the right opportunity to use Gotts, particularly as the youngster is so versatile.

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But perhaps there is an outside chance that Gotts could finally end that wait to feature this weekend when Leeds face Huddersfield Town.

Leeds dealt big blow

The Whites have suffered a big blow ahead of the game. Kalvin Phillips collected his fifth yellow card of the season against Middlesbrough and will be suspended for Saturday. It will be the first league game this term that Phillips has missed.

It would be a big surprise if Gotts started the game. But he surely stands a fantastic chance of being on the bench.

And given that Phillips is perhaps the one player that Leeds do not boast an obvious replacement for, perhaps there could be an opportunity at some stage for Gotts to get involved.

 

Saturday hinted that Ben White may replace Phillips. And given White’s form since arriving, it would be no surprise if he was excellent in that position.

But Bielsa will surely be prepared in case that move does not work out. It may be that White struggles in the role, or that the defence struggles without him.

And that could perhaps open the door for someone such as Gotts later on in the game. He has the ability to play in holding midfield. And he can also come in elsewhere if a reshuffle is required.

There are other options for Bielsa to turn to. Jamie Shackleton, for example, may be hoping that Phillips’s suspension hands him a route back into the side.

But if Gotts is going to make his debut before the FA Cup third round in January, perhaps Saturday may provide the best opportunity.

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