Robbie Gotts

Robbie Gotts (born 9 November 1999) is an English professional footballer who plays for Leeds United, as a midfielder or right-back.[3]

Robbie Gotts
Personal information
Full name Robbie Gotts[1]
Date of birth (1999-11-09) 9 November 1999 (age 21)
Place of birth Harrogate, England [2]
Position(s) Midfielder / right-back
Club information
Current team
Leeds United
Youth career
Leeds United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018– Leeds United 1 (0)
2020–2021Lincoln City (loan) 7 (0)
2021Salford City (loan) 23 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:53, 8 May 2021 (UTC)


He impressed for Carlos Corberán's Leeds United under 23's side over the course the 2018–19 season,[4] winning the PDL Northern League 2018–19 season, then becoming the national Professional Development League champions by beating Birmingham City in the final.[5]

As of 12 December 2019, he had featured on the first-team substitute's bench over 30 times for the first team, but had yet to make his senior debut.[6][7] He made his long-awaited debut by starting in the FA Cup on 6 January 2020 in a 1–0 defeat against Premier League side Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.[8][9]

After the English professional football season was paused in March 2020 due to Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on association football, the season was resumed during June, where Gotts earned promotion with Leeds to the Premier League and also become the EFL Championship Champions for the 2019-20 season in July after the successful resumption of the season.[10]

Gotts won Leeds United’s Academy Player of the Year award at the clubs end of season awards on 24 July 2020.[11]

On 15 October 2020, Gotts joined Lincoln City on a season-long loan deal.[12][13] He would make his debut at home against Portsmouth on 3 November 2020[14] and would score his first goal in what would be his final game, a EFL Trophy tie against Accrington Stanley on 12 January 2021.[15] He was recalled by Leeds United a few days later[16] and immediately sent on loan to Salford City for the remainder of the season.[17][18] He was cup-tied for Salford's victory in the 2020 EFL Trophy Final (played in March 2021).[19]

Style of play

Gotts was primarily a right-back but was converted by Marcelo Bielsa to play as a central midfielder. Bielsa described that he had never seen a player as "dynamic" as Gotts in his career, saying that "he’s a number eight, a midfielder. He is not offensive and not defensive. He's a number eight."[6]

Career statistics

As of 8 May 2021
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Leeds United 2019–20[8] Championship 1010000020
2020–21[20] Premier League 0000100010
Total 1010100030
Lincoln City (loan) 2020–21[20] League One 70200031121
Salford City (loan) 2020–21[20] League Two 233000000233
Career total 313301031384



  1. "Club list of registered players: As at 18th May 2019: Leeds United" (PDF). English Football League. p. 17. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  2. "How Robbie Gotts and Ryan Edmondson can do Harrogate proud". Harrogate News. 2 July 2020. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  3. Robbie Gotts at Soccerway. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  4. "'True leader' – Leeds under-23 captain Hugo Diaz impresses the fans once again". The Boot Room. 12 March 2019. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  5. Urquhart, Joe (7 May 2019). "Carlos Corberan on what the future can hold for Leeds United's PDL champions". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  6. Urquhart, Joe (1 November 2020). "Marcelo Bielsa talks up "dynamic" Robbie Gotts as wait for Leeds United debut goes on". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  7. Watach, Nestor (12 December 2019). "Bielsa admits he feels 'guilty' about Gotts's 'unfair situation'". LeedsLive. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  8. "Games played by Robbie Gotts in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  9. Smyth, Graham (9 January 2020). "Why Marcelo Bielsa decided to hand Robbie Gotts long awaited Leeds United debut at Arsenal". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  10. "Championship: Leeds United promoted to Premier League after 16-year absence". BBC Sport. 17 July 2020. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  11. "Leeds United Player of the Year 2020 winners". Leeds United F.C. 27 July 2020. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  12. "City capture Leeds youngster on loan". Lincoln City F.C. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  13. "Lincoln sign Leeds midfielder Gotts". BBC Sport. 15 October 2020. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  14. "Report: The Imps V Portsmouth". Lincoln City F.C. 3 November 2020. Retrieved 3 November 2020.
  15. "Match Report - Accrington Stanley (H)". Lincoln City F.C. 12 January 2021. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  16. "Robbie Gotts recalled by Leeds United". Lincoln City F.C. 15 January 2021. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  17. "Robbie Gotts joins on loan". Salford City F.C. 15 January 2021. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  18. "Leeds loan midfielder Gotts to Salford". BBC Sport. 15 January 2021. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  19. "Portsmouth v Salford: team news, likely line-ups, form guide and big-match odds for the Papa John's Trophy final at Wembley". 13 March 2021. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  20. "Games played by Robbie Gotts in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 September 2020.