Joe Gelhardt urged to quit Leeds United as transfer claim emerges - Sky Sports pundit
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Paul Robinson has urged Joe Gelhardt to quit Leeds United in the summer if the striker feels as though he’s not getting enough game-time.
Gelhardt, 20, is one of the most talented young centre-forwards in the country but he’s been consistently overlooked by both Marcelo Bielsa and Jesse Marsch this season despite Patrick Bamford struggling so badly with injuries.
The former Wigan youngster has come up with big goals and big moments in the Premier League despite his limited game-time this season.
And with Leeds edging closer to relegation, The Telegraph (6 May) suggests Gelhardt could be a player who’ll attract attention from other clubs should the Whites go down.
When speaking to former Leeds goalkeeper Robinson about that suggestion, he felt as though it would make sense for Gelhardt to move on as he needs to keep playing and earning senior appearances.
“If we had this conversation before Sunday, I could have easily said he’ll go and leave to play every week because he’s good enough and he wants to,” said Robinson to MOT Leeds News. “But he got a surprise start against Arsenal, which is what I’ve been calling for for a long time.
“It was difficult for him because Luke Ayling got sent off and they had to play with 10 men but they haven’t got a recognised number nine without Patrick Bamford.
“Why they’ve tried to make do with Rodrigo, Dan James, et cetera and playing different formations when they can play the same formation but put Gelhardt there.
“I don’t know why they haven’t done it.
“He’s more than good enough to play in the Premier League and if he’s not going to get his opportunity at Leeds then he should maybe look at moving on.
“There’ll be no shortage of takers for him and he’s at an age now where he needs to play whether that’s in the Premier League or in the top-half of the Championship.
“He could score 25 goals a season in the Championship for a top club.”
Gelhardt has played 18 times in total in the Premier League this season but he’s only made the starting line-up on three occasions.
He started at Arsenal on Sunday (8 May) but was substituted off after 29 minutes due to Ayling’s red card.
The 20-year-old has scored in substitute appearances against Chelsea and Norwich and also won a last-ditch penalty to help earn a point against Wolves back in October.
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