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Leeds: Graham Smyth drops Joe Gelhardt contract update

Leeds: Graham Smyth drops Joe Gelhardt contract update -Leeds United News

Leeds United correspondent Graham Smyth has revealed that the club are in ‘advanced talks’ with Joe Gelhardt over a new deal.

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?

Yes, 100%

Yes, 100%

Not just yet!

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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