By Craig Scott

7th Oct, 2022 | 7:40am

Leeds United can make financial killing on Joe Gelhardt as he's left confused at Elland Road - Phil Hay

Joe Gelhardt was left confused by team selection decisions last season as he was left disappointed by his lack of minutes at Leeds United, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.

Many fans felt as though Gelhardt, 20, was under-used last season despite continual injury and form issues plaguing Patrick Bamford, Rodrigo and Daniel James.

He was left out of the squad that drew 0-0 with Aston Villa on Sunday, failing to even make the substitutes’ bench despite being at Elland Road and warming up pre-game.

It’s led to another article about Gelhardt by Hay, who has shared just how the young forward felt about his minutes last season.

“Gelhardt, in any case, is good enough to prove the theory of cream always rising to the top. But it is not a secret that he would have liked more minutes last season and that certain occasions when he wasn’t used, particularly as a substitute, confused him as much as others watching,” said Hay on The Athletic website on 7 October.

“Every appearance he makes in Academy Dreams says the same thing: that he wants to play, any time, anywhere.

Speaking about the initial move to sign Gelhardt from Wigan back in 2020, Hay added: “Gelhardt, for a snip from Wigan, was the sort of signing which could hardly go wrong; the sort of signing which could, quite easily, earn a club a killing competitively or financially.”

Weird move

Why did Jesse Marsch axe Gelhardt from his matchday squad for the game against Aston Villa?

As suggested by Hay, the young striker was fit to play and was seemingly at Elland Road in case there were any last minute injuries so he could jump into the squad.

For such a talented young player, who’s been in the squad on most occasions for the last year, to miss out on a matchday squad of 20 players is bizarre.

Sam Greenwood and Wilfried Gnonto were on the bench.

We get that one has been in good form for Leeds’ Under-21s for a while now and the other is an Italy international who’s just arrived at Elland Road.

But Gelhardt is one of the most exciting young strikers in the Premier League and surely has a future in the England national team.

It’s an odd one and it’s also one for Marsch to clear up with the youngster if he’s not too happy.

Gelhardt could easily attract suitors if he feels as though he’s not being played enough by Leeds.

Maybe a loan move away in January will help as we’re sure the ex-Wigan ace could tear up the Championship for a half-decent side.

But if his game-time isn’t addressed soon, we fear that he’ll want to leave Elland Road for good.

And if he does that, we wouldn’t blame him.

In other Leeds United news, this senior player is doomed to leave Elland Road as a contract request has seemingly fallen on deaf ears.