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Sunderland are in talks with Leeds United regarding a season-long loan deal for Whites midfielder Robbie Gotts, as per the Northern Echo.
The Black Cats are hoping to fend off interest from other League One clubs to secure the signature of the versatile 20-year-old, who can operate in midfield or at wing-back.
Gotts made two appearances for Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds side last season as they secured promotion to the Premier League.
So, what do you make of this? Good potential move for all parties involved?
The team here at FLW have their say….
Gotts is a really nice player and it’s only Leeds’ promotion to the Premier League that is forcing him out of the door on loan.
For Sunderland, I see no reason why they wouldn’t want to sign a player of Gotts’ quality on loan for a season.
He’s a midfielder with great technique and stamina, whilst he can also shift out to right-back and do an outstanding job. He’s shown that versatility in a very successful under-23 group at Thorp Arch.
For my money, he’s good enough to play in the Championship, but Sunderland could be the perfect move for him.
The Black Cats align with Leeds as a big club with high expectations, and playing for such a demanding fanbase will set him up nicely for eventually making a permanent inroad into the first-team at Elland Road.
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This could be a decent signing for Phil Parkinson’s side.
Gotts isn’t likely to feature for Leeds’ first-team now that they’re in the Premier League, and the club are clearly keen for him to find regular game time elsewhere.
He’ll be eager to prove himself in senior football as well, and I think he’d be a solid addition for Sunderland, as they look to win promotion back into the Championship this term.
I really like the sound of this potential deal, as he’s a versatile option to have, as he can operate at both full-back and midfield.
Sunderland certainly need additional depth in their team this season, as I still feel they lacked strength in depth last term, as they looked to win promotion into the second-tier.
Clearly rated by Marcelo Bielsa, Gotts has almost zero first-team experience at Elland Road – making just three senior appearances – but he’ll be hungry and playing with a point to prove.
The fact Bielsa started him away to Arsenal last term epitomises how much he rates him, meaning Sunderland should be all over him, not to mention he can play in more than one position, which is always an added bonus.
Turning 21 next month, Gotts needs minutes, whilst the Black Cats need quality, so it’s a deal that suits both parties.
Sunderland need to get it done before Gotts goes elsewhere.