Joe Gelhardt had an excellent game for Leeds United U23s on Sunday as his side won 4-2 against Middlesbrough’s youth team.
Mark Jackson’s men now sit 12 points clear at the top of their Premier League 2 division with the Whites’ young stars impressing on a regular basis.
Gelhardt has been impressive all year and after he notched a brace against Boro he now has seven goals and one assist in 11 PL 2 games.
🤯 Take a bow Joe! What a goal! pic.twitter.com/8Cw8mQdcCz
— Leeds United (@LUFC) February 7, 2021
Gelhardt’s second was a thing of beauty as he confidently curled home a strike from the edge of the box with the ball nestling safely in the bottom corner of the Boro net.
It was stunning and some fans are beginning to wonder if the youngster will be given a chance to impress in the first team at some point in the near future.
Leeds are blessed with quality attackers at the moment with Rodrigo, Patrick Bamford and Raphinha all impressing in recent weeks.
But one decision from the game may suggest that Marcelo Bielsa is ready to give Gelhardt a chance.
The 18-year-old was hooked at half time following his excellent first-half performance and there could be a few reasons for this.
He could be being rested, though that is doubtful with no midweek game for the U23 side this week.
He may have picked up a knock but there are no reports to suggest that this is the case.
We believe that Bielsa may be looking at bringing Gelhardt into the first-team fold after cutting his teeth in the U23s.
With some of the pressure off Leeds at the moment with the club looking certain for Premier League survival, Bielsa has a chance to assess some of his younger players and give them a shot against top-flight opposition as the season draws to a close.
No one has impressed more than Gelhardt this season and many of us would love to see how he gets on in the Premier League.
While it is doubtful that he would be given significant game time, Bielsa may have asked for Gelhardt to be removed at half time so he can make the matchday squad for Monday’s game against Palace.
Sunday was only the third time this season that Gelhardt has not played the full 90 minutes for the U23s, with us playing tomorrow this can’t be a coincidence.
We’d love to see Gelhardt involved in the first team and given a Premier League debut against Palace however unlikely that prospect is.
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