Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has suggested 19-year-old Robbie Gotts will be the next academy graduate to break through into the Whites’ first-team.
Gotts has never featured for the Leeds senior side, despite making the substitute bench multiple times this season.
The versatile teenager has represented Carlos Corberan’s under-23s in the 2019/20 campaign and put in a fantastic performance in their 6-0 win against Watford yesterday – finishing as Leeds Live’s highest-rated player.
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan heaped praise on the Harrogate-born midfielder and suggested he could follow in the footsteps of players like Jamie Shackleton and Jack Clarke.
He said: “Gotts, he’s the next one. He is in and around the first team and knocking on the door. He is going to get game time as he is making a strong case.
“He’s a real talent and has the ‘wow’ factor. He can play centre-midfield or in the number 10 role. He is fantastic on the ball, very composed and has a great range of passing.
“He’s going to have to bide his time as there is real competition for places at Leeds, but I can see him reaching the top.”
The Leeds academy continues to be an excellent source of talent for the senior side, which is helped greatly by the fact that Bielsa is happy to put faith in young players.
The confidence the Whites boss has shown in the likes of Shackleton and Clarke should provide huge motivation to Gotts as it shows there is a defined path to the first team.
At under-23 level, the 19-year-old has looked a really exciting young talent, so it will be interesting to see when Bielsa gives him a chance in the first-team.
The teenager is one of a number of young players at Elland Road that appear to have really bright futures, which should be hugely encouraging to fans of the club.