Paul Robinson raves about Joe Gelhardt after Leeds United win v Fulham
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Paul Robinson was delighted to see Joe Gelhardt make his long-awaited first-team debut for Leeds United on Tuesday night.
Gelhardt, 19, came off the bench in the second half of Leeds’ Carabao Cup win over Fulham at Craven Cottage, scoring in the penalty shoot-out after the game ended goalless.
Stuart McKinstry also made his senior debut for the Whites in the third round victory and Robinson was happy both youngsters were handed a chance to shine.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “It’s great to see them get the opportunity.
“I think Marcelo Bielsa’s had them in his thoughts since the start of the season.
“Gelhardt’s been knocking on the door for a long time.
“He’s now an unknown quantity now, fans know a lot about him and they wanted to see him on the pitch. There’s a lot known about him and he’s got a big future.
“I think the manager has handled him really well with the way he’s kept him back. He’s not used him, he’s not really needed him but he had an opportunity last night.
“The way he took his penalty, he just looked so confident.”
Gelhardt joined Leeds from Wigan last year and has since been tearing it up in Premier League 2 for Mark Jackson’s Under-23s side.
On Sunday, the teenager scored two long-range goals in a 4-0 win over Liverpool’s Under-23s.
With Patrick Bamford missing the win at Fulham with a knock, there could be further first-team chances for Gelhardt on the horizon.
In other Leeds United news, Andrea Radrizzani hit out at a fan on Twitter after he tweeted about a Whites player in the win at Fulham.