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Paul Robinson thinks that Leeds will sign a new striker in the summer and that will see exciting young attacker Joe Gelhardt go out on loan.
Gelhardt has broken into the first-team squad but is yet to get off the bench.
Patrick Bamford is the club’s number one striker and Robinson thinks that will continue next season with a new signing coming in as back-up.
Patrick Bamford compared Gelhardt to a young Wayne Rooney this week and, talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “You can see why he’s made the comparison as well.
“He’s still only 18 but you think about what Wayne Rooney had done when he was 18 and Gelhardt has a long way to go to match him.
“There’s certainly a bright future ahead of him and it’s good to see he’s a regular part of the first-team squad now.
“Whether that continues or whether he goes out on loan to a Championship club is the question and that will all come down to who Leeds bring in over the summer.
“Patrick Bamford is going to start every game if he’s fit. I think Leeds are going to sign a back-up for him and that will see Gelhardt shipped out on loan.
“I think they’ll sign a striker who can mirror what Bamford does and Gelhardt can go and play on loan at a top Championship club.
“I think a move to a Championship club will do him good – a season’s loan playing where it matters can only be good for his career.”
Leeds United fans are desperate to see Joe Gelhardt get a taste of first-team action and we can see that happening before the end of the season.
That could see him get a chance to prove to Bielsa that he can be the back-up that Leeds need.
His versatility means he could also play in an attacking midfield role.
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