With Leeds enjoying a superb return to the Premier League this season, one eye will firmly be on how Marcelo Bielsa’s side will look to strengthen come the start of the summer transfer window.
The Whites currently find themselves in mid-table in their first season back in the top flight after almost two decades of exile, and have been led in part thanks to the goals of Patrick Bamford.
The 27-year-old has bagged himself 14 goals in the division while also chipping in with an impressive seven assists, but there is a real issue in terms of cover for him.
The Whites have already been linked with the likes of Brentford’s Ivan Toney, but Victor Orta could potentially save millions in the transfer market by allowing Bielsa to unleash Joe Gelhardt.
Football Insider claimed that the 18-year-old is seen as “electrifying” and “phenomenal” behind the scenes, while Leeds’ current main man up top has similarly raved about about the striker.
Bamford said: “He reminds me – I don’t want to say the same level as (Wayne) Rooney – but he is the same kind of build as Rooney was. A stocky lad, great finisher.
Bielsa himself is seemingly a big fan of the talented teenager, with the Leeds manager saying: “He’s a player that always creates danger in a game. He’s a player who’s more linked with the finalising of chances rather than the creation of them. He has resources to beat an opponent and he has a final shot, a finish that is very good.”
Given that one of the big criticisms of Bamford in recent years has been a lack of clinical touch – even this season has seen him miss 17 statistically-defined big chances – Gelhardt’s natural finishing instincts may be exactly what Leeds could do with either off the bench or even as a starter on occasion.
Also, given that he’s netted 11 goals in 15 games at Premier League 2 level, including a hat-trick last time out against West Brom, Gelhardt has showcased that he seems to be ready for a first team opportunity.