By George Overhill

1st Jul, 2022 | 7:40am

Leeds United in advanced contract talks with Joe Gelhardt, Crysencio Summerville to follow

Leeds United are closing in on a securing forward Joe Gelhardt to a new long-term deal, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The 20-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in the 2021/22 season and the club now see him as “central” to their future.

He featured 20 times in the Premier League as the Whites avoided relegation the final day of the season, scoring twice and providing four assists, and is in line for a greater role for the 2022/23 season.

Graham Smyth reports in the YEP that winger Cysencio Summerville is also set to enter negotiations in the near future over a new contract of his own.

The Dutchman, also 20, is reportedly no longer expected to leave on loan and will be part of Jesse Marsch’s first team plans for the new campaign.

He only featured on six occasions in the top flight and was close to a temporary move in January, but excelled in the under-23s, scoring two eye-catching hattricks, and had been attracting interest from Nottingham Forest and AZ Alkmaar [Fabrizio Romano], but is in line to stay at the club.

Investment

Joffy’s stats don’t look outstanding but his first sustained involvement in the United senior side was repeatedly interrupted by untimely physical set backs which prevented him from fully grasping the striker spot despite Patrick Bamford’s own nightmare campaign.

At the same time Marcelo Bielsa and Jesse Marsch both seemed reticent to properly unleash him when given the chance, with the likes of Tyler Roberts and winger Dan James both often preferred.

Crucial contributions in the time he was afforded, not least the injury-time winner against Norwich and the equally last-gasp assist for Pascal Struijk against Brighton, have surely catapulted him up the pecking order and the contract talks would appear to back that up.

Without those two late interventions the Whites would be in the Championship, so while there are transfer market moves to bring in further firepower the local youngster must surely be given opportunities.

The club are also in the market for help at winger, with the transfer saga around the top man at that position, Raphinha, finally nearing an end.

But in Summerville they may have an option ready to help fill the gap for no financial outlay.

With the news that Charlie Cresswell is on the brink of a temporary exit for the upcoming season it is encouraging that some of the talented younger members of the squad are in line for inclusion under Marsch.

Long-term contracts for the pair is a start, and with a preseason under the American they will hope he gets comfortable enough with them to increase their involvement in turn.

In other Leeds United news, the club’s biggest transfer saga could be set to explode much further based on what a Sky Sports reporter said live on air.