Striker Joe Gelhardt is already making a “huge impression” at Leeds United, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post. 

The 18-year-old striker has already got off the mark for the Under-23s, in their 2-1 defeat against Wolves earlier this week.

And, writing in the Yorkshire Evening Post, journalist Joe Urquhart has said Gelhardt has quickly turned heads at his new club.

“Gelhardt, who joined Wigan at the age of 10, arrived in West Yorkshire with a growing reputation in the game and it hasn’t taken long for those behind the four walls of Thorp Arch to realise why.

“The England youth international is just a month into life with Leeds, but is already said to be making a huge impression with his new club.”

Wigan’s academy manager Gregor Rioch described Gelhardt as, “Explosive and powerful. He likes to dribble and he can score a range of goals. He can always catch you by surprise and make you put your hand over your mouth in disbelief.”

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This ties in with similar comments from Athletic journalist Phil Hay.

In an article about another young Leeds talent, Stuart McKinstry, Hay said, “As a result of concerted recruitment this summer, they have former Fulham right-back Cody Drameh and a striker in Joe Gelhardt who already looks to coaches and senior players at Leeds like a steal from troubled Wigan Athletic at £700,000.”

Wigan were in trouble when Leeds signed Gelhardt – a player who has been compared to Wayne Rooney.

Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony said Gelhardt was “worth more” than £1m and called for change about how transfers from clubs in administration are handled.

Gelhardt is going to have to earn his stripes in the Under-23s. But, he’s off the mark already, and if he carries on impressing like this, we can see him on the bench for the first-team before too long.

Leeds aren’t blessed with goal-scorers and Gelhardt was already an established first-team player for Wigan.

In other Leeds United news, Report details reason for hold-up in Leeds move for Rodrigo de Paul

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