Leeds United loanee linked with Imps exit

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Leeds United midfielder Robbie Gotts might have bagged his first goal in senior football this week, but it could be his last action in a Lincoln shirt.

Pete O’Rourke, a journalist of the highest repute, has claimed he is set to be recalled by Leeds from his season-long loan deal, branded a ‘success’, and sent to Salford City in League Two. The 21-year-old has played 13 times for City, but only started four League Two games and only appeared in the league seven times in total. Much of his football has come in the EFL Trophy, where he has started three games, scoring once.

Gotts has deputised at right-back, as well as appearing in midfield, but has found it hard to make either position his own. TJ Eyoma’s form has made right back a pretty obvious choice for Michael Appleton, whilst a midfield with Grant, Bridcutt, McGrandles and James Jones was always going to be hard to crack.

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Gotts signed in the autumn on a season-long loan deal, and in an interview with me earlier in the year discussed how he had settled at Lincoln, looking up to former Leeds man Liam Bridcutt. Whilst he has certainly been a useful squad player, with chances limited it does make sense for Leeds to take him back and loan him out, and it continues a trend for Salford taking players from us in a transfer window, albeit indirectly this time.

It remains to be seen if the deal is to go ahead but, if it does, it may open a loan spot in the squad for Michael to exploit. With Aaron Lewis told he won’t play for the club again, it might be that we need to look for a versatile full-back to come in as cover.

At least it would stop Leeds fans hijacking the Man of the Match votes whenever Gotts has a good game. Every time he is nominated, he wins, thanks to a huge amount of love coming from Yorkshire!

Edit – Alan Nixon has now followed suit and added it to his exclusives