By Daniel Feliciano

23rd Jan, 2023 | 8:10pm

Swansea out of race for Leeds United starlet Joe Gelhardt, he wants to join Wigan - Phil Hay

Joe Gelhardt looks set to leave Leeds for Wigan on loan after Swansea dropped out of the race for his signature, according to Phil Hay.

The Whites starlet is set to leave for the second half of the season after the club-record signing of Georginio Rutter from Hoffenheim meant that first-team opportunities would be hard to come by.

But despite reports that several clubs are interested in signing the 20-year-old striker, speaking on the Phil Hay Show (23 January) he shared that one club have dropped out of the race and that Gelhardt is keen to return to his former club currently.

“Gelhardt is still here at the moment. He’s trained, was there yesterday (v Brentford) as well,” he said.

“Swansea seem to be out of that now, out of the running there. Wigan are favourites to get him, I think expect to get him.

“Gelhardt seems keen to go back there. He obviously came from Wigan to Leeds in the first place, obviously very familiar with it, knows a lot of people there.

“But Sunderland also another side who have been having a look at him and would definitely take him if they could.

“It feels like a big decision that for Gelhardt. Wigan are struggling quite badly in the Championship and he could help that. It’s going to be a big run of games for them.

“Sunderland are very much in the mix for the playoffs and I guess it’s a question of beyond how comfortable you feel at a club.”

Games

It really shouldn’t be a question of how comfortable Gelhardt will be at the club he joins, it should be all about game time.

A move to Sunderland or Wigan doesn’t really make too much of a difference because both sides are playing in the Championship and neither play a similar style to Leeds.

But while a move to Wigan would see him battling at the bottom end of the table, he would be vital to their hopes of survival and you’d presume that the club would work to his strengths so he can fire them out of their relegation battle.

The difference at Sunderland could be that with the club playing well already, they don’t want to amend things just for him and he finds it hard to get into the team regularly because of that.

It has to be all about where he will play the most and develop the most, otherwise he might as well stay at Elland Road for the second half of the season.

In other Leeds news, Radrizzani and 49ers Enterprises are discussing what happens with their takeover if Leeds get relegated according to Phil Hay.