By Adefunmiloye Alani

21st Nov, 2021 | 8:10pm

Jamie Carragher: Wigan could have gotten more for Gelhardt

Leeds United teenager Joe Gelhardt made his first Premier League start during Sunday’s clash against Tottenham Hotspur.

With Raphinha and Rodrigo unavailable for selection for the trip to North London, Marcelo Bielsa handed the 19-year-old a chance to line up against Antonio Conte’s side, and Jamie Carragher was pleased with the development.

The Sky Sports pundit is a huge fan of the Leeds forward, and he took to his personal Twitter account to react after the Whites posted their starting XI for the clash.

He said: “Good luck to Joffy on his first start in the Premier League.

“Great young talent who Wigan sadly lost, but that is to Leeds benefit.”

A Leeds supporter said the £1million they got for Gelhardt was good money for a club who needed it.

However, Carragher disagreed, insisting they would have gotten more if not for their situation.

He replied: “Could’ve got a lot more if they didn’t need it!”

Bargain

The Elland Road outfit spent just £1million on the teenage sensation last summer as Wigan needed money to pay wages.

They were in administration at the time and had been relegated from the Championship, and Gelhardt had to be sacrificed by the Latics in order for them to raise cash for the salaries of their playing staff.

Plenty of top-flight clubs were keen to take advantage of the situation, but it was Leeds who won the race for Gelhardt’s signature.

He linked up with their under-23s and played a key role in their promotion to the Premier League 2 Division 1.

There have been plenty of calls for him to become a first-team regular under Bielsa having shone for Wigan’s senior side, and he has been handed chances this term.

Gelhardt has made five appearances across all competitions for Leeds this term, and while he is yet to score or assist, his talent has been evident for all and sundry to see.

In other Leeds United news, a major update on Whites January bid to sign attacker has been provided, with pen-to-paper imminent.