By Daniel Feliciano

17th Jan, 2023 | 6:40pm

Leeds United to make decision on Joe Gelhardt future 'in coming weeks' - Jesse Marsch

Leeds United are holding internal discussions about the future of Joe Gelhardt amid plenty of loan interest in the January window, says Phil Hay.

Gelhardt has found regular first-team football hard to come by so far this season, with a number of attackers ahead of him in the pecking order including new club-record signing Georginio Rutter.

With the young French forward’s arrival now likely to see his minutes reduced further, Gelhardt has attracted loan interest from Wigan in the Championship and Jesse Marsch has admitted that a decision is going to be made before the window closes.

“There’s been some internal discussions and there’ll likely be a decision in the coming weeks,” Marsch told the press in his pre-match conference ahead of the FA Cup replay with Cardiff.

Wigan, Swansea and Blackburn have all been attributed with an interest in Gelhardt, although the most likely destination, if any, is still unknown.

Let him go

Considering the injury problems we have had at Leeds in recent years, it’s understandable that Marsch is weary of letting someone leave and seeing his options lessened.

But when you look at the attacking options available, you have Patrick Bamford, Rodrigo, Rutter, Cyrsencio Summerville, Willy Gnonto, Jack Harrison and Brenden Aaronson.

The chances of Gelhardt getting any meaningful game time at Elland Road in the second half of the season are slim, and even then the likes of Mateo Joseph and Sonny Perkins are firmly knocking on the door for those opportunities.

Gelhardt has shown he is capable of performing in the Premier League as he did for Leeds last season, but he needs to play regularly to develop and not regress.

The likelihood of needing him is slim, and it would be better for the long-term of his career if he went out and played, so there really shouldn’t be too much to discuss at this point.

In other Leeds news, four players have been ruled out of the FA Cup replay with Cardiff by Jesse Marsch.