We know that Marcelo Bielsa usually watches the Leeds United Under-23s games at Thorp Arch but he was tied up with a court appearance on Monday.
Given his attention to detail, though, we are sure that he will have watched the game back since, probably several times.
if you haven’t watched it, you can check it out on the Leeds YouTube page. It’s worth it. You’ll see another absolutely brilliant performance from Joe Gelhardt.
He’s been on the bench for the last two first-team games and we think he’s ready for his debut.
It’s not just us who have been impressed with the forward Leeds signed from Wigan last summer.
Leeds Live gave him their highest rating of any player on the pitch, an immense 9/10, and were gushing in their praise for the 18-year-old.
They said, “A really tenacious, hard-working effort from Joffy whose technical quality was on show as it always is.
“That rare combination of strength, speed and comfort in possession all on display.”
It’s his strength that’s really impressed us.
He’s been compared to Wayne Rooney and you can see why if you’ve been watching the Under-23s.
Gelhardt has been played as a striker and in a deeper role, with Sam Greenwood up top, and he’s very hard to get off the ball.
He’s got vision, an eye for a pass and he looks like a natural finisher.
He’s already scored seven goals and added two assists for the Under-23s in PL2 and he must be getting closer to his first-team debut.
Leeds still have injury problems for the game on Friday.
Rodrigo is back in training but won’t be fit for the game against Wolves, and with Pablo Hernandez not in favour, it means Tyler Roberts has been used as the impact sub.
We think Bielsa must give Gelhardt the chance to show what he can do.
He needs to be managed carefully and it’s a big step up. But, as Bielsa showed with Niall Huggins last week, giving the youngster his debut when Leeds were 4-0 down, he’s not afraid to throw Under-23 players in at the deep end.
He does what he thinks is right for the team at any particular time, and with Roberts not making an impact in the Premier League, we’d love to see Gelhardt get his chance.
A goal would make a similar impact to a young Wayne Rooney and could see Gelhardt get more game time in the second half of the season.
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