Leeds United forward Joe Gelhardt exit update emerges as multiple offers made with Ipswich Town among 'keen' clubs
Joe Gelhardt “will stay” at Leeds United past the transfer deadline after the club “declined several offers”, according to James Marshment.
The TEAMtalk editor reported via Twitter on Friday afternoon (1 September) that Ipswich Town had been “among those keen on a deal” but the young Whites forward isn’t going anywhere on the final day of the window.
Joel Piroe’s big-money arrival from Swansea City this summer has added to Gelhardt’s competition but he appears to be remaining all the same.
The former Wigan youngster, 21, has made six appearances under Daniel Farke so far this season after a half-season on loan at Sunderland last season, scoring once in the Carabao Cup.
With interest swirling around the star attacking trio of Willy Gnonto, Luis Sinisterra, and Crysencio Summerville as the deadline approaches the Whites are surely not 100% confident that all will still be at the club by Saturday.
None are necessarily direct competitors for Gelhardt but with Sam Greenwood already having gone out on loan it may be that Leeds United are guarding against losing other forward players before 11pm.
It is a positive step in theory for Gelhardt who somewhat lost his way last season having been overlooked regularly by Jesse Marsch, despite making some crucial contributions in the relegation battle the campaign before.
His Sunderland loan also didn’t go to plan as he was forced to play as a number nine virtually throughout thanks to a serious injury for Ross Stewart when the plan had for him to play off the Black Cats striker.
Three goals and three assists in the league followed, but Farke seems to be more prepared to use him than his Elland Road predecessors and a role behind either Piroe or Patrick Bamford if he can ever get fit could be far more beneficial.
His experience in the Championship at the Stadium of Light last season should at least make him better adapted to the league for this term as it looks like he’s going to be needed.