Leeds United fans have been getting excited about new signing Joe Gelhardt after watching him in action for the Under-23s today.

Gelhardt signed from cash-stricken Wigan – who entered administration and were relegated from the Championship – in the summer.

He’d been playing first-team football for Wigan but has only been involved with the Under-23s so far for Leeds.

On today’s evidence, it might not be much longer before he starts troubling the senior squad.

One of his biggest assets is his strength and he used that to set up a beautiful through ball early on in the Under-23s clash against Sunderland at the Academy of Light today.

He found another summer signing Sam Greenwood who finished smartly for the first goal of the game.

You can see the goal in the video below.

Fans were queing up to sing Gelhardt’s praises on Twitter this afternoon.

One fan said that signing him for the fee that Leeds did (around £1m) could prove to be a “masterstroke”.

Another said that he must be a consideration for the Man City game with Jack Harrison out.

Yet another said that he should either be promoted to the first team or sent out on loan, as he wouldn’t learn anything from playing with the Under-23s.

We actually disagree with this. The Leeds Under-23s side contains a number of very talented players and will all learn well under the tutelage of Marcelo Bielsa.

We think that Gelhardt may well get a taste of the first-team in 2021 and we’d prefer for him to learn his stuff at Thorp Arch than head out on loan.

Here are the best reactions from excited Leeds fans during today’s game…

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