Marcelo Bielsa has told his pre-Cardiff City press conference – as per Leeds Live – that he will understand and support Robbie Gotts if the young midfielder feels he needs to leave Leeds United, due to a lack of game time.
Gotts, 20, has failed to make his senior debut as of yet, despite Bielsa handing out 12 first-team debuts to players since his arrival. Both Olly Casey and Pascal Struijk both made their debuts for the club in the last week against Huddersfield and Hull.
The versatile youngster, who is naturally a midfielder but can also play on the wing and at right-back, has featured on the Leeds bench in 13 of the 21 Championship fixtures this season. He has a contract at Elland Road until the summer of 2022.
Ahead of Saturday’s clash against Cardiff, Bielsa admitted that he feels guilty for failing to give Gotts his senior debut and stated that he would understand and support the Thorp Arch academy product if he felt he needed to leave Elland Road.
“The Gotts situation, I feel guilty about what is happening because he does everything to achieve his goal even though he is yet to make his debut,” Bielsa said. “This situation is unfair for Gotts. It’s very, very difficult to resolve.
“In another moment I said to Robbie ‘I really hope you stay with us’, but I would understand if he thought it was better for him to leave. I would understand this. If Gotts understands he doesn’t want to stay here, I would understand him and support him.”
TBR’s view – Should Gotts leave Leeds to gain first-team football?
Gotts has been on a level playing field to the likes of Alfie McCalmont, Jack Clarke and many other Leeds youngsters that have been given a chance by Bielsa. He is one of the first names on the team sheet for the Under-23 side.
Unfortunately for Gotts, the likes of Kalvin Phillips, Mateusz Klich, Tyler Roberts, Adam Forshaw and plenty of other players are ahead of him in the pecking order. A loan move for Gotts could be a good option for the youngster.