Joe Gelhardt talent leaves Leeds United senior players talking
Joe Gelhardt is the talk of the Leeds United first-team amid the youngster’s impressive form in Yorkshire, according to Phil Hay.
Gelhardt, 19, has broken into Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team this season and won the all-important penalty that helped Leeds secure a late draw versus Wolves last weekend.
The former Wigan striker has also been shining for the Under-23s and has scored six times in seven Premier League outings this season for Mark Jackson’s side.
And it seems there’s quite the buzz around Thorp Arch for Gelhardt, who The Athletic’s Hay claims has been a real bargain for the Whites.
Writing on The Athletic website, the ex-Yorkshire Evening Post journalist said: “Gelhardt, Leeds realised, was one of those prospects who could have it all if he kept his head and avoided the presumption that natural talent was enough in itself to realise his potential. But as that talent shone through, senior players at Leeds would talk to each other about what they were seeing in him.
“It was innate, infectious and single-minded in the sense that Gelhardt rarely failed to make something out of nothing.
“He was fearless and precocious in a way that Elland Road finally witnessed last weekend. And remarkably, all in, he had cost less than £1 million up front.”
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We can’t help but be excited about Gelhardt.
Last season, he was allowed to hone his craft in the Under-23s, work on his fitness and also show on a consistent basis to Bielsa that he is ready for a chance in his first team.
In his debut season at Leeds, after joining from Wigan last year as they plunged into administration, Gelhardt scored 11 goals in 16 Premier League 2 appearances.
Leeds won promotion to Premier League 2’s Division One last season and although there’s been a step up in quality, Gelhardt’s continued to get among the goals for Jackson’s side with Liverpool and Tottenham both put to the sword by the 19-year-old.
Gelhardt’s now played four times for Bielsa’s senior side, scoring in a penalty shoot-out win over Fulham in the Carabao Cup and also winning the penalty that Rodrigo scored versus Wolves.
It’s early days in terms of Gelhardt’s time in Bielsa’s squad but from what we’ve seen so far, Leeds have a real gem on their hands.
We really cannot wait to see more of the England youth international in the coming months and, hopefully, years.
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