Whilst this was the higher profile of their signings, under the radar they have been working on shaping the youth too.
The forward had impressed as part of a stellar Latics youth system and has since shone for Leeds’ U21s too.
His exploits led journalist Phil Hay to dub him a “goal machine” as he began his ascendancy into the senior squad.
It is likely this impressive end to the season is imperative in overseeing his value skyrocket.
This will be no great surprise to fans who have followed his career, as there is a belief that he is destined to reach the very top of the professional game.
Jesse Marsch has been vocal in his praise for the 20-year-old, once claiming that he would prefer to fit both him and Bamford into a system than pit them against each other.
He said: “One of his strengths is his cleverness and the flexibility to move within both positions, so in that sense, if you play with two strikers and Patrick [Bamford] drifts more on the last line and [Gelhardt] drifts a little more underneath but is ready for some later runs, then we can create some tactical clarity and ease for them to play together.”
The American’s desperation to get him in the side is indicative of how far he has risen, and the sky truly is the limit for this young marksman.