By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

28th Aug, 2022 | 2:40pm

Sky Sports pundit moots Joe Gelhardt discontent as Leeds United transfer update emerges from Jesse Marsch

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Paul Robinson has mooted potential discontent from Joe Gelhardt after Jesse Marsch confirmed Leeds United are interested in signing Wilfried Gnonto from FC Zurich.

Speaking on 19 August in a press conference, Marsch said Leeds “think very highly” of the 18-year-old Italy forward but added that if he was to be signed, he’d be one for the future.

Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Alfredo Pedulla has recently claimed (26 August) that a new bid from Leeds could be made for Gnonto soon after a £4.2million offer was already rejected by Swiss champions Zurich.

Gelhardt, 20, is one of the most highly-rated young strikers in English football and he was handed a new contract earlier this summer.

Robinson feels that a move for Gnonto could be an issue for Gelhardt, who may have been promised by Jesse Marsch that he’d get more game-time in the Premier League this season.

“You’d be questioning it if you were Joe Gelhardt,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

He’s just signed a new contract and you’d hope he’s been promised more minutes on the pitch this season.

And if they’re signing a striker of a similar age in the same position, where does that leave him?

I would prefer to have a more tried and tested striker [than Gnonto]. Somebody who can challenge Patrick Bamford when he’s fit.

Gelhardt has played just 21 minutes worth of Premier League football across three appearances as a substitute so far this season.

He started and played 75 minutes of the Carabao Cup win over Barnsley in the week though and altogether has 26 senior appearances for Leeds now.

The ex-Wigan youngster was, however, regularly overlooked last season despite injuries to Patrick Bamford and the poor form of Rodrigo and Daniel James up front.

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