'Wow... he's the next one' - Whelan tips never-before-seen Leeds teen to reach the very top


Noel Whelan has tipped Leeds United teenager Robbie Gotts to be the next academy product to make the first team.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker and lifelong Whites fan says that the versatile 19-year-old has all the attributes to reach the very top.

Gotts is yet to feature for the Leeds first team but has been a regular in the matchday squad and was in the travelling party for the pre-season tour to Australia.

Whelan admitted he has high hopes for Harrogate-born Gotts and is confident he can follow fellow youth-team products Jamie Shackleton and Jack Clarke into the senior side.

Whelan told Football Insider: “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.

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“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.”

Gotts has been on the substitute’s bench for three of Leeds’ Championship matches this season, including last Sunday’s win over Barnsley, as well as both of their League Cup fixtures.

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