By Mark Smith

16th May, 2022 | 7:15am

Alan Shearer feels sorry for 'Magic' Joe Gelhardt after Leeds United draw v Brighton

Alan Shearer has admitted that he felt sorry for Leeds United sensation Joe Gelhardt in the 1-1 draw against Brighton on Sunday afternoon [15 May].

The young wonder masterminded the last-gasp equaliser with some “magic” skill before crossing for Pascal Struijk to head home and send the Whites out of the bottom three for now.

Shearer insisted that nothing fell for Gelhardt throughout the game, though, but his never-say-die attitude saw him create the headlines at the death at Elland Road.

Speaking live on Match of the Day 2 on Sunday [15 May], Shearer singled out the young striker for immense praise after his moment of brilliance.

“It was a cracking atmosphere there,” he said.

“They do lack that bit of quality, and I do feel sorry for Joe Gelhardt because he struggled and never give up all afternoon, was feeding on scraps really, so for him to produce that piece of magic as it was in that scenario when they needed it most, under huge pressure, I was really, really pleased for him.”

Magic.

Wow, what a moment.

It never fell for Gelhardt throughout the clash yesterday, with his touch or dribbling often letting himself down in key areas of the final third.

But, the sign of a great player is making something happen no matter how you’re playing, and Gelhardt did just that with some outrageous skill to chip the ball over Lewis Dunk and then cross for Struijk.

We have a truly special player on our hands for many years to come with Gelhardt and you’d like to think he would stay at Elland Road regardless of what division we are in next season.

Either way, the young talisman will be starting more games, that is a guarantee.

Whether it’s Jesse Marsch or someone else in charge of the Whites, they have no excuse to not build a side around this young man for many years to come.

Gelhardt is going places, let’s just hope he does it in a white shirt across the next decade.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared what Luke Ayling did in the dressing room after the defeat at Arsenal