By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

27th Jan, 2022 | 2:40pm

Pundit wants Marcelo Bielsa to unleash Leeds United rookie Joe Gelhardt

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Paul Robinson wants Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa to unleash Joe Gelhardt and start playing the young striker more often.

Gelhardt, 19, has impressed in a breakthrough season at Elland Road but the ex-Wigan starlet has only been started twice by Bielsa.

In his 10 senior appearances for Leeds, Gelhardt has scored one goal and supplied an impressive three assists.

With Patrick Bamford yet again injured, Robinson wants to see Gelhardt filling the role in the number nine position and not Rodrigo, Daniel James or Tyler Roberts.

Speaking to MOT Leeds News this week [24 January], Robinson said: “There’s something that’s fundamentally wrong if you look over the course of the season at how many players have been injured.

Other teams have had problems but not as many as Leeds have had.

I think with Patrick, it’s a case of it being so blatantly obvious how important he is. He’s such a key miss to the team.

I think now, it comes a time for Rodrigo, who we signed as a number nine. He was playing for Spain and Valencia as a number nine when we signed him but he doesn’t play there – Bielsa doesn’t see him as a striker.

Dan James is not a number nine, Jack Harrison is not a number nine, Tyler Roberts isn’t the answer.

Play Joe Gelhardt – why not play him? He’s the only replacement they’ve got.

Whenever they’re chasing the game or Bielsa wants to get a goal, he brings Gelhardt on. If he wants to get a goal from the start of the game, play him from the start of the game.

I don’t understand why he won’t play him.

They’re in a situation where they’re without Bamford and they have been for a number of weeks now. But they simply haven’t found the answer of how to play or who to play when Bamford doesn’t.

Give Gelhardt an opportunity. Start him.”

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are in advanced talks over letting a European player leave on a loan-to-buy basis.