Liam Cooper, Luke Ayling, and Jack Clarke are among the current and former Leeds United players to send messages to Robbie Gotts after he secured a permanent move to Barrow on Deadline Day.
Gotts had been linked with an Elland Road exit this summer and yesterday it emerged that he was set to leave the Yorkshire club with Barrow, Oldham, and Motherwell all pushing to sign him.
The Bluebirds won the race for the 21-year-old, who has signed a three-year deal with the Cumbrian club.
The move brings to an end the midfielder’s 15-year spell at Leeds, having been born in Harrogate and progressed through the club’s youth and academy system.
Gotts was handed his debut by Marcelo Bielsa in the 2019/20 campaign and won the club’s Academy Player of the Year award in July 2020 but has struggled to force his way into contention for the senior side since with the step up in quality following promotion to the Premier League likely a factor.
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Gotts took to Instagram to send a parting message to the Elland Road out, thanking the players and staff that had helped him along the way, and a number of his current and former teammates were quick to offer responses.
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It seems Gotts was a popular member of the Leeds squad, with a string of his current and former teammates wasting no time in reacting to his parting message and wishing him well as he departs for Barrow.
That’s testament to the atmosphere and squad chemistry at Elland Road at the moment,
The signing is a hugely impressive one for the Bluebirds, who add a 21-year-old midfielder with a huge amount of potential and a player that will no doubt be determined to prove himself away from Elland Road.
Whether it proves to be a mistake letting him go remains to be seen but given the rise we’ve seen from the Whites in recent years, you can completely understand them looking to move Gotts on.
You’d imagine that Leeds will have included a sell-on clause in the deal, just in case their academy graduate really kicks on with the Cumbrian club.