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Joe Gelhardt could be questioning his decision to sign a long-term contract at Leeds United in the summer, according to Paul Robinson.
As confirmed by Leeds’ official website on 2 August, the 20-year-old extended his deal until the summer of 2027 after bursting onto the scene under Marcelo Bielsa and Jesse Marsch last season.
Despite playing so well, scoring vital goals and winning last-gasp penalties, Gelhardt was regularly overlooked with Patrick Bamford, Rodrigo and Daniel James all starting ahead of him up front.
Despite signing a new deal since then, Marsch hasn’t given Gelhardt more opportunities with the ex-Wigan striker starting just one game in the Premier League this season.
Robinson isn’t pleased with Gelhardt’s situation, suggesting that the England youth international might have signed that long-term contract under false pretences.
“I feel bad for Gelhardt,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.
“I think when they gave him a new contract, he was lured into a false sense of security that he was going to play more often.
“We always talk about a striker being needed at Leeds and I don’t think he’s been given a fair opportunity to start games.
“Whenever Patrick Bamford’s been injured, Rodrigo’s played. I do like Rodrigo and I prefer him as a No 9. But when Rodrigo’s been unable to play, Dan James played and that didn’t work. They looked at many other options ahead of Gelhardt.
“If the manager’s looking at it like that, you ask yourself, ‘why have I committed a long-term future here if you’re not going to use me in my own position?’.
“His opportunities have been limited and he’s deserved more.
“He’s now got that long-term contract so if he goes out on loan, it’ll have to be the right loan move for him. But from a Leeds point of view, when they have had opportunities to play him, they’ve been disappointing.”
Gelhardt has played 15 times in all competitions for the senior side this season, starting twice in the Carabao Cup on top of his glut of Premier League sub appearances.
His only goals have come in the EFL Trophy for Leeds’ Under-21s when he scored a brace versus Tranmere.
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