Bielsa offers Gotts support

Leeds United
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa

Marcelo Bielsa has revealed that Robbie Gotts would have his support if he decided to leave Leeds United to get more football.

Bielsa has been working his magic at Elland Road, with United having won their last seven matches in the Championship to surge to the top of the table, albeit by a solitary goal better off in goal difference comparisons with West Bromwich Albion.

Although a title would be a welcome bonus, perhaps more importantly is the fact the two clubs are 11 points better off than third-placed Fulham in the race for automatic promotion and look destined for a return to the Premier League, not that Bielsa will be looking that far ahead.

Bielsa has not been afraid to blood the youngsters in his title-chasing side, with both Olly Casey and Pascal Struijk given their debuts in the recent wins over Huddersfield and Hull.

However, 20-year-old Gotts has not quite made it that far despite having been included in the match-day squad in 13 of 21 Championship games this season.

And Bielsa admits he would fully understand if Gotts wanted to further his career elsewhere, admitting he feels “guilty” about not yet throwing him into action.

“The Gotts situation, I feel guilty about what is happening because he does everything to achieve his goal even though he is yet to make his debut,” Bielsa said.

“This situation is unfair for Gotts. It’s very, very difficult to resolve.

“In another moment I said to Robbie ‘I really hope you stay with us’, but I would understand if he thought it was better for him to leave. If Gotts understands he doesn’t want to stay here, I would understand him and support him.”

United have been linked with a move for 17-year-old midfielder Reegan Mimnaugh, who is out of contract at Hamilton in the summer.

Leeds, who may have the carrot of Premier League football to dangle in front of Mimnaugh at the end of the season, will reportedly face competition from Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham.