By Saikat Mandal

22nd Feb, 2023 | 9:10pm

Joe Gelhardt should be worried about his future if Leeds United sign Viktor Gyokeres

Leeds United are reportedly planning to sign Coventry City striker Viktor Gyokeres in the summer window, and it could spell bad news for Joe Gelhardt. 

According to a report TEAMtalk [21 February], the Whites want to sign the 24-year-old who has been in red-hot form this season. 

He is regarded as one of the best forwards outside the Premier League, having netted 14 goals and provided four assists in all competitions for Coventry so far this season.

Coventry slapped a price tag of £25m on his head during the January window, but he will be entering the final year of his contract at the club this summer. So, Coventry could be willing to cash in on him. 

Leeds are keen to sign him irrespective of where they finish this season. That is, even if they are drop down to the Championship, the club would make a concrete effort to sign him. 

If they manage to pull off the deal, it could come as a blow for young Gelhardt, who is currently on loan at Sunderland. The 20-year-old is a highly talented kid, and Joe Royle previously hailed him as “phenomenal” on 6 March 2021 [Football Insider].  

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He impressed heavily under Marcelo Bielsa last season and has made one start in the Premier League this season, before being sent on loan. The youngster scored his first goal for the Black Cats against Rotherham on 21 February, and he is expected to feature regularly under Tony Mowbray.

Leeds bolstered their forward department by adding Georginio Rutter on a club-record fee, while Patrick Bamford, who has a contract at the club until 2026, is still around. 

If they add Gyokeres on top of it, definitely Gelhardt will further drop down the pecking order. Plus, there is Rodrigo, who has been in tremendous form this season. 

The Whites should not look to block Gelhardt’s development, and there is a high chance that he could be sent on loan again if they manage to sign the Coventry striker in the summer. 

In other Leeds United news, the club are now leading the race to sign an in-demand young attacking talent from a European giant.