Joe Gelhardt could end up being one of the signings of the summer for Leeds United.
Leeds paid around £1m for the 18-year-old Wigan striker, who had already broken into the first-team at the DW.
Wigan were forced to sell players after going into administration and Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony actually called for a change in rules after claiming Gelhardt was worth more money than Leeds paid for him.
He’s been proving that already in the Leeds Under-23s where he’s been catching the eye of a number of pundits.
Sky Sports pundit Stephen Warnock said he is “gonna be some player” after a fantastic solo goal for the Under-23s against Crystal Palace this week.
Gonna be some player👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 https://t.co/V5yzLmuLvv
— Stephen Warnock⚽️📺🎙 (@StephenWarnock3) November 1, 2020
BBC pundit Noel Whelan said of Gelhardt, “The kid has got talent and if you are good enough, you are old enough. He is excelling for the 23s and we do not have an out-and-out striking option on the bench so I would love to see him being integrated into that squad now. I think he is ready.”
Gelhardt scored two goals in the last Premier League 2 outing against Palace and will be hoping he’s done enough to get on the bench when the senior side travel to Selhurst Park on Saturday.
Patrick Bamford is the striker Bielsa will play on Saturday but with Rodrigo out after testing positive for Coronavirus, there’s no real back-up.
Pablo Hernandez will play the number 10 role, Tyler Roberts is his back-up and there’s no out-and-out striker on the bench for Leeds.
Bielsa might think it’s too soon but, as Whelan said, if you’re good enough, you’re old enough.
It’s a philosophy that Bielsa shares and Gelhardt has already made 21 senior appearances for Wigan.
We’d love to see him on the bench on Saturday.
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