Joe Gelhardt to start in Leeds United clash v Wolves as Sky Sports pundit shares team news prediction
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 expects Jesse Marsch to ring the changes to the Leeds United starting line-up when they play Wolves at Molineux on Wednesday night.
Leeds make their way to the West Midlands this week for the third round of the Carabao Cup.
While some may see it as a competition they’d like Leeds to go far in and build momentum after back-to-back Premier League wins over Liverpool and Bournemouth, Robinson wants senior players to be rested.
He believes that avoiding relegation from the Premier League is more important so senior stars shouldn’t be risked at Wolves and youngsters like Joe Gelhardt should get a chance instead.
“I’d change it up completely,” said Robinson to MOT Leeds News.
“I wouldn’t prioritise it at all because they need to keep players fit to stay in the Premier League.
“It was only two or three weeks ago when they were in the bottom three before they beat Liverpool and Bournemouth. They were struggling.
“Realistically, are they going to win the FA Cup or the Carabao Cup? Probably not. One of the big boys will stroll it in the end like they always do.
“For me, I wouldn’t prioritise it at all and use it to play the Under-23s players. I wouldn’t put any kind of importance on it whatsoever, it’s at the bottom of the priority list, in all honesty.”
When asked if he thinks Gelhardt should be included in the starting line-up, Robinson added: “Oh, yeah. Use the opportunity to give players game time.
“Just keep your regular starting line-up fit and fresh and give them time off so other players can get game time because you don’t know at what point you might need them.
“It’ll be a good game to give [the youngsters] some competitive football.”
Gelhardt, 20, has played 11 times for Leeds in all competitions this season but has only made two starts, which were against Barnsley in the last round of the Carabao Cup and against Brentford in the Premier League.
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