Leeds United pundit Noel Whelan has dropped an intriguing verdict on Whites youngster Joe Gelhardt [Football Insider]. The 19 year-old is yet to be seen in first-team action for the club.
The Lowdown: Leeds gear up for the 2021/22 Premier League campaign
As Leeds United get their ducks in a row for the 2021/22 Premier League campaign, signings from elsewhere will not be Marcelo Bielsa’s only priority.
However, Whelan reckons that the Elland Road side may already have a new attacking outlet at Thorp Arch.
Should Leeds United give Gelhardt first-team opportunities?
The Latest: Whelan drops an intriguing verdict on the Leeds youngster
In an interview with Football Insider, former Leeds player Whelan claimed that Gelhardt can force his way into the team.
“From the people I’ve spoken to Gelhardt is best in a number 10 role, not a number nine.
“I would expect him after an amazing season with the Under-23s to get his chance. He can only do so much with the Under-23s. You have to bide your time with Bielsa.
“Whether Tyler Roberts stays or goes, Gelhardt will fancy his chances of taking his spot in the squad next season. I think he could edge out Tyler Roberts.”
The Verdict: Time to shine
Upon reflection, the ex-pro turned pundit makes a compelling case for the inclusion of the youngster as a part of the Leeds United squad.
Rightfully pointing out his sparking form at Under-23 level, the 19-year-old scored 11 goals in 16 games for the Whites [Transfermarkt], contributing heavily to their Premier League 2 Division 2 triumph [SBNation].
On the books with the Whites until 2024, Leeds United should look to give Gelhardt some prominent game time early in the next campaign. If he shows signs of replicating the form he has produced at the youth level, it could prove to be a Bielsa masterstroke.
In other news, Leeds United have held talks with a 12-goal international winger.
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