In comments reported by Leeds Live, Marcelo Bielsa has admitted that he hopes to hand Robbie Gotts his Leeds United debut in the near future, as he heaped praise on the youngster.
Gotts has a remarkable record for the Whites. He has been named on the first-team bench 25 times. However, he is still awaiting the chance to make his bow for the club.
The 19-year-old is one of the most exciting talents in the under-23 side. And his ability to play almost anywhere in midfield, as well as at right-back, surely increases the likelihood that he will make his debut in the near future.
Bielsa was asked about the teenager in his pre-QPR press conference, and what he felt his best position is. And the Leeds boss went on to explain how close he is to getting that chance.
“He is a number eight. A midfielder, not defensive, a number eight,” he said, as reported by Leeds Live. “I have never seen a player play with such a dynamic. A player full of skills. In his position I have played Klich, Forshaw, Shackleton and Dallas. There is tough competition in this position, but everybody in the team respects him, especially his team-mates, as we do.
“Also, it’s true he didn’t have games yet. He showed he deserved to play in the first team. I wish he would play with the first team soon, but he competes with players at a high level.”
It must be a slightly strange situation for Gotts. He is clearly a player that Bielsa rates highly. And yet, he is yet to play in the league and has not got a chance when Leeds have had a Carabao Cup tie.
As Bielsa notes, there is a lot of competition in the side. And his regular involvement in the squad should certainly ensure that Gotts does not lose spirit.
Bielsa’s comments now suggest that that chance is coming. And it would be no surprise if Gotts became the latest academy product to make the most of his opportunity when it does come.