Leeds United's Robbie Gotts enjoying loan life with Lincoln City as he battles for minutes
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Robbie Gotts says he is enjoying life on loan with Lincoln City as he continues the battle to force himself into regular first-team action.
The 21-year-old Thorp Arch academy product joined the Imps on loan last month in a bid to continue his development away from Elland Road.
Gotts found senior match minutes hard to come by under Marcelo Bielsa in LS11 last term, despite being a consistent feature in the Argentine’s match-day squad during the Championship promotion race.
He was handed his Whites debut at Arsenal in the FA Cup in January, but has now headed out on a temporary basis to gain experience following the arrival of Premier League football back to West Yorkshire.
Gotts, though, has featured just once in League One under Michael Appleton - a 3-1 defeat to Portsmouth - since making the switch to Sincil Bank.
The right-back, turned midfielder picked up more minutes in an emphatic 6-2 victory over Forest Green Rovers last week in the FA Cup before taking on Manchester City’s Under-21s side in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday.
“I’m really enjoying it,” Gotts said of his loan deal so far.
“All the lads have been class with me and I’ve enjoyed it so far. I’m still adapting and trying to learn.
“I didn’t expect to come in and jump straight into the team but when I have played I’ve tried to give it my all.”
Gotts came through the Leeds ranks as a right-back but in recent seasons has moved into the middle of midfield at academy level before making his senior debut in the position.
Against City in midweek he began the game in his new role, before an injury forced him to move back into defence.
“It was really good - playing the other week as well,” Gotts added over his first team game time. “I don’t mind it [moving to right-back]. I can play there, knowing I can play two positions helps me. I’m still learning in both positions and adapting.
“I think I did better in the second half than the first [against Man City]. I just tried to do what I can do and help the team out.”