View: Bielsa has found striker back-up to Bamford – Leeds fans will be dancing on Elland Rd roof
One very interesting report that came out last week was that Leeds United are going to consider loan offers for Sam Greenwood this summer.
He stormed through the Premier League 2 last season, was top goal-scorer, and has been shortlisted for the Player of the Year.
However, Marcelo Bielsa obviously thinks his development will be better served at a Championship club next season and seemingly isn’t considering him for pre-season with the first team.
Greenwood has made his senior debut in the FA Cup defeat against Crawley and then wasn’t seen again until he made the bench for the 0-0 draw against Man United towards the end of the season.
What’s even more interesting, though, is that the same isn’t being said about Joe Gelhardt.
In fact, in the same article, Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth said that Gelhardt has “been close to the senior side this season and will hope to make further in-roads in the 2021/22 campaign.”
Gelhardt has made the bench a number of times but is still waiting for his first-team debut.
We think this indicates that he is going to be back-up for Patrick Bamford next season and that’s a prospect that excites us greatly.
Gelhardt has already had senior experience in the Championship with Wigan and that’s what put him on the map and encouraged Leeds to sign him.
We paid close to £1m for him which has been called a bargain and we think he’s going to start repaying that in the Premier League next season.
if you haven’t seen him in the Under-23s this season then just know that he’s incredibly strong for his age, and a very powerful and skillful player.
He’s almost impossible to knock off the ball and that’s led him to win numerous penalties for Mark Jackson’s title-winning side last season.
And Marcelo Bielsa has already told him what he needs to do to make the next step up.
In an interview with Skrill Gelhardt said: “I’m a player who likes to get on the ball, drop low, and try to dribble past a player.
“What the manager’s told me is I need to add more in-behind runs to my game – short, sharp, and more sprints.”
While he’s played in the number nine and deeper-lying positions for the Under-23s, this says that he’s being groomed to be Bamford’s back-up at number nine. And we think he’s going to make an immediate impact.
It’s a phrase used too often but Gelhardt will be like a new signing.
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