Lincoln City landed in-demand midfielder Robbie Gotts on loan from Leeds United yesterday, as reported by their official site.
The 20-year-old has been pursued by a number of clubs, with Hull City, Charlton, Huddersfield Town, Swindon and Sunderland all linked at some point over the summer. Surprisingly, it is the high-flying Imps who have secured an agreement for a season-long loan.
Imps manager Michael Appleton, who has seen his side rise to second in the table in the early exchanges, is delighted to have landed his man.
“Robbie’s very versatile in terms of his ability to play in midfield or at full-back. He’s got bags of quality in possession of the ball and he’s got the energy and athleticism to get up and down the pitch too,” he said.
“Overall though he’s just another really good addition and the fact that it’s his first loan away quite excites me too because he’s desperate to impress and desperate to impress his new teammates as well.”
Gotts has made a handful of outings for his parent club but is highly-rated at Elland Road. He was once described by Marcelo Bielsa, saw Leeds finally promoted back to Premier League last season, as the most “dynamic” player he had ever seen.
“He’s a number eight,” Bielsa said in November 2019. “A midfielder, he is not offensive and not defensive, he’s a number eight. I have never seen a player play with such a dynamic. He’s a player with skills.
“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 with a high level.”
Leeds fans have been reacting to the move on social media, with many feeling than Gotts could be a huge player for the Lincolnshire outfit.
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Good move for him to learn his trade just watched a piece on Lincoln and he's going into a good group. he will get plenty of game time and we will now see what kind of player we have on our hands. Gluck lad #lufc
— John Sidney LUFC 🏆 (@JonSidney) October 15, 2020
— Phil B 🇮🇨🏆+🦁🦁🦁 (@LUSCarborough) October 15, 2020
Hope he goes and smashes it👍. Thought we'd need him this season being so short in that area, so surprised at this
— Ben (@benji_coops) October 15, 2020
Lincoln City: please welcome your player of the season!!
— J Che Hall (@jonhall8336) October 15, 2020
Quite surprised he’s gone to league one. Thought he’d be at a championship club.
— Lee Goddard (@Godders17) October 15, 2020
He’ll completely boss league one. Great player for the future.
— HammieLUFC (@HammieLufc) October 15, 2020
Great little player they are getting,plus great for him to get some regular game time,best of luck to him #mot
— paul kelly (@paulie_lufc) October 15, 2020
Good luck young un @RobbieGotts & enjoy the experience of first team football & come back to us bigger, stronger & more experienced for next season.
— Alan Thompson 🇮🇪 (@thombo1987) October 15, 2020