By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

26th Oct, 2022 | 11:40am

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…

Paul Robinson doesn’t see Joe Gelhardt getting into the Leeds United side any time soon as long as Jesse Marsch remains in charge.

Gelhardt, 20, has struggled for game-time this season, playing just 28 minutes of action in the last four Premier League matches.

He came off the bench to assist a late goal for Crysencio Summerville in the 3-2 defeat to Fulham on Sunday (23 October) and was regularly having an impact for the Whites last season in the top-flight.

However, despite Rodrigo’s inconsistency and Patrick Bamford’s continual issues with finishing big chances, Robinson sees Gelhardt continuing to be frozen out of the starting line-up.

When asked if Marsch looks like he trusts Gelhardt, Robinson told MOT Leeds News: “No, it doesn’t.

“It’s Rodrigo or Bamford and I think Joe is going to have to work hard to get into the team.

“He’s getting cameo appearances and is going to have to do something very special to get a start under this manager.

Rodrigo has done well this season. He’s done well as a number nine and has been more consistent there. From watching him, you can see he prefers it.

Patrick hasn’t gotten back to the player he was two seasons ago since returning from injury. He showed against Arsenal that he had a goal disallowed, he missed a penalty and missed opportunities but that spark is missing.

He’s got some way to go to get back to fitness but I think Rodrigo will always get you goals – he’s got five this season already.

Under the current manager and the way that they play, the formation they play, it’s going to be Rodrigo or Patrick and Joe’s going to have to bide his time and play in cameo roles unless something dramatically changes.”

Speaking on Sky Sports Premier League (10:39pm, March 14, 2022), Jamie Carragher once called Gelhardt “a special, special talent”.

In other Leeds United news, Marsch has been told to enter quiet talks with the PGMOL after Jeff Stelling made an accusation.