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League One outfit Charlton Athletic are weighing up a loan swoop for Leeds United midfielder Robbie Gotts, as per the print edition of The Sun on Sunday (11/10; page 61).
The 20-year-old has been linked with several EFL clubs this summer with Swindon, Sunderland and Huddersfield just some of the other clubs touted with a move for the Whites youngster.
Gotts is unlikely to feature heavily in Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds team in the Premier League and is likely to be offloaded on loan ahead of Friday’s 5pm deadline.
So, what do you make of this news? Would Charlton be a good fit for Gotts?
The team here at FLW discuss….
This would be a really positive signing for Charlton.
Charlton have recruited really well thus far this season, and with time, they should start climbing up the League One table having brought in the right blend of experience and youth.
Gotts is obviously a really talented young player who has been unlucky not to have featured as regularly under Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road, and a loan move for the young midfielder could be beneficial for his progress and development going forward.
He can play in a number of positions in midfield, so his versatility could help him become a really important player under Lee Bowyer, and his technical ability on the ball would fit into Charlton’s high-tempo, fast-paced style of play.
Bowyer has worked wonders with young players at Charlton, and Gotts would learn a lot from the former Leeds midfielder if he did end up making the move to the Valley.
This would be a very smart addition.
Clearly, Charlton need more numbers in certain areas and central midfield is one of those and Gotts would bring something different to the team.
He is tidy in possession, presses well and would add a bit of composure to the Addicks XI. The fact Marcelo Bielsa had him on the fringes of the first-team last season should ease any doubts as to whether he is ready to play regularly in League One.
This seems like a move that would suit all parties and it would be an impressive bit of business by Lee Bowyer if he can sort the deal with his former club.
I think this could be the ideal destination for him.
Gotts isn’t likely to get regular game time with Leeds this season, and it makes sense for the Whites to loan him out this term.
The youngster will be eager to make a name for himself out on loan as well, and I think he’d be an excellent addition to the Charlton team.
Out of all of the clubs interested in landing his signature, the Addicks are most likely to be able to offer him regular minutes.
This is likely to swing any potential deal in the Addicks’ favour, as Leeds will be wanting Gotts to go to a club that can further his development with regular game time.
This would be an excellent signing for Lee Bowyer’s side.