Leeds picked up a much-needed three points on Sunday as they beat Norwich 2-1 at Carrow Road in the Premier League to lift themselves out of the relegation zone.
Raphinha and Rodrigo scored the goals for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, who are now on ten points after the same number of league matches this season.
One player who was not involved in the match was promising young talent Joe Gelhardt. He was an unused substitute against the Canaries despite an eye-catching cameo against Wolves last weekend.
Leeds chief Victor Orta pulled off a masterclass in bringing the teenager to Elland Road from League One side Wigan last summer. He was able to secure a dream deal for the club and it could be one Bielsa benefits from in the long-term.
Former Wigan Athletic CEO Jonathan Jackson recently claimed that the Whites picked up a bargain with the youngster, hailing his qualities. He told The Athletic:
“Although Joffy wasn’t sold immediately, very soon clubs were making offers. It was heartbreaking to see him leave for that figure. He could have been anything.
“If he’d played 40 games for us and scored 20 goals, who knew the value he could have been?”
Orta paid a reported fee of just £900k for Gelhardt, pinning him down to a four-year deal. Despite only turning 19 in May, he has already shown signs of promise at Premier League level, with the aforementioned showing against Wolves suggesting that he can make an impact in the top-flight which will only increase his worth.
His record for Leeds’ U23 side is also sensational. He has scored 17 goals and provided four assists in 24 appearances for the youth team, emphasising the immense potential he could have at first-team level as he has shown that he is too good to be playing academy football.
Therefore, being able to bring him to Leeds for less than £1m was a masterstroke by Orta and a deal that could be looked back on in a few years as a superb piece of business. However, it is now down to Gelhardt, 19, to fulfill his potential and Bielsa to ensure he can get the best out of the forward.
Hopefully, the Argentine head coach will continue to offer him chances to shine in the Premier League this season and he can break his goal duct in the top-flight.