The Leeds United Under-23s are a pretty talented bunch. 

They’re running away with the Premier League 2 Division 2 title and one more win will see them promoted to Division 1 as champions.

They also have several players that are on the cusp of the first-team.

Two of these are Sam Greenwood and Joe Gelhardt and both players were turning heads on Monday in a 5-0 win over West Brom.

Gelhardt scored a hat-trick and Greenwood scored a wondrous free-kick.

You can see the highlights of the game below.

The Greenwood free-kick was a topic for discussion on the latest episode of The Square Ball podcast.

“He [Gelhardt] wins a lot of penalties, scores a lot of penalties and is generally very good,” said Michael Normanton.

“It [the game against West Brom] also features the Sam Greenwood free-kick which is one of the best free kicks I’ve ever seen.”

“Did you see Gelhardt’s face in the wake of that?” asked Daniel Chapman. “He did The Scream, like ‘oh my god’.”

“The ref seemed to want to make it about him and he did march the wall back 11 yards which prompted the West Brom man to march forward 10 yards to point out how wrong he’d got it,” said Normanton. “Just stuck to his guns, did the ref.”

“The West Brom player matching forward 10 yards to point out where the wall was, was one of the funniest things,” Chapman said.

“The ref started booking him before he’d got 10 yards but the player was absolutely right. He got a yellow card for that and the wall stayed where it was.”

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Time for Gelhardt

Gelhardt has had almost a season at Leeds now, playing for the Under-23s and training under Bielsa – and he looks like a very different player than the one we signed.

Gelhardt had played first-team football for Wigan in the Championship but is being made to wait for his Premier League bow.

In the meantime, Gelhardt has been undergoing the Bielsa treatment and has become a leaner, stronger player.

He’s still only 18 but we think Leeds need to see him in first-team action this season.

How he gets on could dictate the summer transfer window, with back-up needed for Patrick Bamford.

It’s conceivable that Tyler Roberts, Gelhardt and Greenwood would be enough next season.

Our last five games this season are Brighton, Tottenham, Burnley, Southampton and West Brom, and by this time Leeds will almost certainly be mathematically safe from the drop.

That’s when we expect to see Gelhardt making his first-team debut.

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