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Leeds: Jesse Marsch must unleash Joe Gelhardt vs Southampton

Leeds United return to action in the Premier League this afternoon as they take on Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium.

Jesse Marsch’s side defeated Wolves 2-1 on the opening day of the campaign last week, with a goal from Rodrigo and an own goal securing the three points.

Patrick Bamford, who only started seven matches last term due to injury, led the line for the Whites and struggled for the majority of the match.

His cross to set up the own goal glossed over a worrying performance from the English number nine. His lack of game time over the past 12 months or so showed as he looked off the pace in and out of possession.

On the ball, he only completed 11 passes in 84 minutes on the pitch and missed two ‘big chances’. No Leeds starter played fewer passes and he was the only attacker to miss a ‘big chance’, which shows that he left a lot to be desired with his play in possession.

Off the ball, he was a lightweight as he lost a whopping 10 of his 11 ground duels and was dribbled past six times – more than any other player on the pitch. This suggests that, physically, he may not be 100% back to his best as he was outmuscled far too easily.

With this in mind, Leeds must now unleash young forward Joe Gelhardt to take his place at the top end of the pitch today as he could punish the Saints.

The £5.1k-per-week gem deserves an opportunity to show what he can do from the start after an impressive campaign as an impact substitute in 2021/22.

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Last season, the gem – who reporter Beren Cross dubbed “absolutely outrageous” – produced two goals and four assists in just five Premier League starts, playing 20 games in total. The 20-year-old created four ‘big chances’ in that time, showing that he has the quality to open up a defence.

His goalscoring record for the club’s under-23’s also suggests that he has the potential to be ruthless in front of goal if presented with opportunities. Since arriving at Elland Road, he has found the back of the net 18 times in 26 Premier League 2 matches and provided four assists.

His six goal contributions in five senior starts and his phenomenal record at youth level suggest that he has the quality to punish Southampton if he is selected in the XI today and is gifted the two ‘big chances’ his fellow striker had last time out.

Marsch should forget about Bamford and allow him to ease his way back to fitness by coming off the bench – starting Gelhardt in the process.

Article title: Leeds: Jesse Marsch must unleash Joe Gelhardt vs Southampton

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