Leeds United have confirmed the signing of Wigan Athletic forward Joe Gelhardt on Monday evening.
The England youth international has become the Whites’ fourth signing of the summer, and the second of the day after Jack Harrison’s loan was also confirmed.
Gelhardt has featured at under-16, under-17 and under-18 level for his country and has signed a four-year deal at Elland Road after leaving cash-strapped Wigan.
It has been described as an undisclosed fee, as so many transfers are nowadays, but the Sun journalist Alan Nixon shared it was for £1million upfront.
The reliable journalist went on to suggest on his personal Twitter account that Leeds will not be loaning out the 18-year-old immediately over the summer.
Leeds. Gelhardt official shortly. And won’t be loaned out this season. Certainly not immediately. Wigan get some cash and that makes club a bit easier to buy/save.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) August 10, 2020
Gelhardt admitted that Leeds is a massive club and that he can’t wait to develop under Marcelo Bielsa and start finding the back of the net.
The 18-year-old immediately jumps to the Whites’ second-choice striker, with Ryan Edmondson sealing a loan move to Aberdeen recently and Tyler Roberts being utilised in midfield.
It is uncertain whether he will fill that gap in the under-23s or be given that chance to feature in the matchday squad in the Premier League, but it is clear that Leeds have secured themselves a real talent.
Wigan’s head of academy Gregor Rioch admitted that he remembers Gelhardt scoring 10 goals in one game before, and even five against Manchester United – a story that will help him fit in immediately in West Yorkshire.
Either way, Leeds will be delighted with this deal and it appears that we could get a glimpse of what Gelhardt can do sooner rather than later.
In other Leeds United news, fans have been given their first glimpse of the Adidas shirt after Harrison loan confirmed