By George Overhill

28th Jul, 2022 | 12:40pm

Leeds United set to hand Joe Gelhardt major pay rise in long-term deal, Crysencio Summerville next

Leeds United youngster Joe Gelhardt is about to sign a new long-term contract at the club that will increase his wages by 55-per-cent, TEAMtalk reports.

The 20-year-old was pressed into action last season and made some crucial interventions as the club escaped relegation on the final day.

He is now due for a more important role under Jesse Marsch and the club have moved to tie him down to Elland Road with talks over the summer.

A new five-year deal worth £25,000-a-week has now been agreed, with the option to reassess and potentially increase that number further at the end of the coming campaign.

According to TEAMtalk the Whites are “on the verge” of announcing the new deal after reaching an agreement with the player.

Fellow youngster Crysencio Summerville is next in line, with the winger also due for a greater role in the senior squad.

Future planning

For all the new players through the door over the summer have been exciting it is just as important to ensure the young talent that is already at Thorp Arch don’t go anywhere.

Joffy proved to be a fan favourite with his late winner against Norwich at Elland Road, and his equally last-gasp assist for Pascal Struijk’s equaliser against Brighton.

Without those United would be back in the Championship this season, and were it not for a frustrating unwillingness to free him fully from the shackles by Marcelo Bielsa then Marsch, and a few untimely injury issues he would surely have had an even greater impact.

His new salary is still relatively modest for a Premier League forward, and is surely way below the sort of money the clubs at the top of the division hand out to their best prospects, so it shows how key it was to improve the deal he was on.

If he continues on the path he has been following over the last 12-months there is every chance that he will be getting another boost next summer.

It is also positive to see the club showing a commitment to Dutch wide man Summerville, who at times last year looked to be on his way out of Elland Road.

If the pair can have an impact on Marsch’s first-team this season, along with the likes of Sam Greenwood, it will be every bit as rewarding for fans to see as it is the new signings.

The club need to strike a balance between the transfer market and home grown talent and they appear to be doing that right now with moves like this.

In other Leeds United news, a vital signing could have been secured by now if the club weren’t focusing their efforts in the wrong direction over the past few weeks.