‘He’s capable’ – EFL boss delivers verdict on unique trait Leeds United player brings on loan

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Robbie Gotts’ start for Lincoln City had manager Michael Appleton pointing out his versatility, following his loan deal from Leeds United this season.

Promotion to the top flight has led to a number of fringe players being sent out on loan to the EFL this season to garner first-team experience.

Jordan Stevens, Alfie McCalmont, Bryce Hosannah and Robbie Gotts have also sealed loans to EFL clubs in order to develop from youth football into senior players.

Amid speculation about his future in the summer, Gotts finally ended up at Sincil Bank with Lincoln City for the 2020/21 campaign.

Gotts had a hard time of trying to break into Marcelo Bielsa’s first team during the 2019/20 season, consistently making the match day squad but rarely more.

His two Leeds appearances to date came firstly in the FA Cup against Arsenal where he started in central midfield, and when he came off the bench away to Cardiff City in June, also in midfield.

His loan to the Imps, however, has seen him deployed as a right-back by Appleton, a position he was very familiar with in Leeds’ under-23 setup last season.

Performing well, Gotts managed to clock up 64 minutes before being subbed off and ending his Lincoln debut.

After the game, manager Appleton commented on how he views Gotts for his team, in somewhat contrasting fashion to how we believe Bielsa views him. Speaking to LincolnshireLive, he had this to say on the Leeds man:  “I thought Robbie did well in the first half, I thought he was good.

“They targeted him a little in the second half and were putting diagonal balls on him. That’s why we made the change.

“I think the kid sees himself as a midfield player but he’s certainly played enough times at full-back for us and numerous other clubs up and down the country to register an interest in him.

“He is capable of playing both roles.”

Based on his performances for our under-23s, Gotts is more than capable of getting a regular run of games in League One.

It was a tough introduction to life in that division coming up against a strong Portsmouth side, as the 3-1 scoreline indicates, but Appleton’s review of his game was solid.

We’ll be sure to keep checking his progress as the season progresses and he will only improve with more exposure to senior football.

It would be nice to see him deployed as a central midfielder considering he held his own for us against Arsenal, but I’m sure Gotts will happy just playing at this point.

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