By Nick Ware

6th Oct, 2021 | 2:10pm

Wigan Athletic set for windfalls as Leeds United talent Joe Gelhardt receives England U21s recognition

Leeds United could be set to shell out more money to Wigan Athletic as Joe Gelhardt’s rapid rise continues, according to Goal.

Gelhardt, 19, joined Leeds from Wigan in the summer of 2020 and played a pivotal role in the Under-23s side lifting the Premier League 2 [Division 2] title last season.

The Liverpool-born teenager is yet to make his Premier League bow for the Whites but Marcelo Bielsa has named him in a number of matchday squads, while his senior debut came in the League Cup against Fulham last month.

His talents have now come to the attention of the England Under-21s staff after he was called up as a replacement for PSV star Noni Madueke, someone who has been linked with a move to Elland Road in the past.

Following the news, Goal journalist Neil Jones has shared how Wigan could be set to profit in the near future.

He said: “The fee was an initial £700,000, with further add-ons which could take it to £1.6m. Given Gelhardt this week earned his first England U21s call-up and is closing in on Leeds’ first team, Wigan can expect further windfalls in the coming months and years, for sure.”

Bargain

In a world where teenage talents often cost multi-millions without proving themselves in senior football, it looks like Leeds have landed a potential superstar in Gelhardt.

Of course, no one wants to pile the pressure on him to insurmountable levels – he still hasn’t made his Premier League debut, and is still hugely inexperienced.

But from the games and clips we’ve seen of him at Thorp Arch, there is a lot to get excited about with Gelhardt.

His continued development will force Leeds to dip their hands in their pocket, but given the overall transfer fee will not rise above £1.6million, there are unlikely to be many complaints from the Whites hierarchy.

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