By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

11th Feb, 2021 | 12:34pm

Paul Robinson: Joe Gelhardt debut 'just round the corner' – Exclusive

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Paul Robinson thinks that a debut for 18-year-old Joe Gelhardt is “just round the corner” after an injury to Pablo Hernandez saw him make his squad debut against Crystal Palace on Monday.

Gelhardt didn’t make the bench but was preferred ahead of Sam Greenwood, who made his debut in the 3-0 FA Cup defeat against Crawley.

Robinson called making the bench a “huge progression” for the youngster and tipped him for first-team game-time soon.

Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “You’d think his debut is just round the corner now.

“He’ll get some minutes soon, if Leeds are winning or even if we’re losing and Bielsa takes Patrick Bamford off.

“It’s a huge progression for him already just getting on the Leeds bench. He’s only 18 years old but he’s had an absolutely fantastic season for the Under-23s, scoring goals.

“It shows that the manager is happy to reward the youngsters who are doing well.

“Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think he’s anywhere near starting a game yet but for him to be in and around the bench is huge, and coming on soon seems a definite.

“I wouldn’t mind seeing him getting a Championship loan next season, I think that could be the way forward for him.”

Gelhardt has already played in the Championship for Wigan and we think Marcelo Bielsa could have a bigger role in mind for him next season.

Gelhardt is already physically ready and we think at 19 he could be ready to play a proper role as back up to Bamford and Rodrigo next season.

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