The Lowdown: Gelhardt at Leeds
The Whites brought Gelhardt to Elland Road back in 2020 from Wigan Athletic for just £900,000. Since then, the 20-year-old has gone from strength to strength at Thorp Arch, contributing to 24 goals in 28 games for the U23s. He also enjoyed a breakthrough year in the first team during the previous campaign, making 20 appearances.
Gelhardt played his part in helping Leeds avoid relegation with a dramatic late winner against Norwich and a sublime assist in stoppage time against Brighton, which resulted in Alan Hutton labelling the forward as ‘unreal’.
The Latest: Smyth’s update
Smyth took to Twitter on Thursday evening to reveal that Leeds are in ‘advanced talks’ with Gelhardt over a new long-term deal.
The Yorkshire Evening Post reporter added that Gelhardt is set to be ‘the first of several to enter contract discussions’.
The Verdict: Good news
Gelhardt’s impressive displays didn’t just catch the eye at Elland Road, with the youngster recently nominated for the 2022 Golden Boy award.
Should Gelhardt be a starter next season?
Not just yet!
His current deal has just two years left to run, so now is the perfect time for a well-earned extension. Gelhardt proved he can step up to the demands of the Premier League, so he could be in line to feature more regularly from the off as a result under Jesse Marsch.
Hopefully, talks can be finalised over the coming days and Leeds can announce a new deal next week, as Smyth states could happen.
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