On-loan midfielder Robbie Gotts has firmly established himself as a key part of Michael Appleton’s squad of late, having now started four times in Imps’ colours.
He had a busy evening against Swindon, playing at right-back ahead of what could be an exciting month. Fans are, tentatively, being allowed back into stadiums in some areas, and as a Leeds United player, Robbie is all-too-aware of what vocal support can bring to a club.
“The fans at Leeds are class, home and away is unbelievable,” he said during the routine programme interview ahead of the Wigan game next week. “I’ve heard really good things about the fans at Lincoln too, I’ve even been on YouTube and found clips of them to watch so I know what to expect, and they look class, it’s something I look forward too.”
Some players might find that having fans in the stadium could hinder them, certainly at struggling clubs, but there’s no doubt in the 21-year-old’s mind that isn’t the case at Sincil Bank.
“If anything, it will drive us on, especially in that last ten minutes when the opposition are putting it on you a bit. If you have the backing of the fans and they’re behind you, which Lincoln fans do, I think that will help us out if anything.”
Gotts had a tough debut against Portsmouth, where he came up against arguably the most potent attacking force in the division in Portsmouth, and by his own admission, he is improving in the right-back role he’s been asked to fill.
“I feel like I’m improving in the right-back position, but the first game I played I was doing things by habits, following my man inside rather than sitting back. I’m trying now to develop more.
“I like to get on the ball and get driving runs forward in, which is my game, wherever I am on the field.”
As for his parent club, he speaks in-depth about training and what Marcelo Bielsa changed about training when he arrived, but he revealed to us that he is constantly monitored by the Premier League side, who have some watch all his games.
“There’s a guy called Craig Dean at Leeds who watches the loan players, he gives feedback after the game and chats to you, which is nice as it keeps you involved there too and shows they care.”
For now, Gotts is a Lincoln player and with his versatility, energy and endeavour, he is sure to be an important part of the squad through until the end of his loan. after that, who knows? he’s certainly a grounded and likeable individual, who discussed in next week’s programme how he has settled in, and an unusual, but effective way the club has helped him get used to living on his own.
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