By Pranav Shahaney

2nd Dec, 2022 | 2:10pm

Leeds United must not send Joe Gelhardt out on loan in January

Leeds United are reportedly considering loaning out Joe Gelhardt in the January transfer window in order for him to get first-team minutes.

Leeds All Over reported that the Whites boss Jesse Marsch wants him to develop and feels that it’s best if he’s playing regularly.

However, it’s time that he needs to put his foot down as he may come to regret this choice, given the incompetence of the board.

Last season, Cody Drameh left on loan in January even though he was a good natural cover in multiple defensive positions.

This saw Marcelo Bielsa and then Marsch either having to play players out of position or promote youngsters from the academy.

While Leeds are pretty stacked with attackers, there are still no guarantees about them signing a new striker in the window and that should be the priority.

Marsch must not agree to letting Gelhardt leave on loan until a new striker walks through the door as the current squad does need the 20-year-old.

Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo both are injury prone and after their recovery, they do take some time to get back their match sharpness.

Sonny Perkins still does not see to have won over Marsch so that leaves Willy Gnonto, who’s mainly played on the left, and Gelhardt.

We’ve seen this picture many times and Leeds may feel that they have enough depth now but the first thing should be to get new players in and then make a decision on any loans or permanent sales.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are now scouting an attacker at the World Cup and a January move appears to be on the cards for them.