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Leeds United: Jesse Marsch should start Joe Gelhardt v Leicester

As Jesse Marsch awaits his first game as Leeds United manager later today, all eyes will be on his starting line-up and potential surprises he springs against Leicester.

The Whites’ chastening 4-0 defeat to Spurs last time out in the Premier League saw Marcelo Bielsa lose his managerial job, and heralded a new era at Elland Road.

One player who perhaps captures that idea of building something new in Yorkshire better than anyone else is Joe Gelhardt.

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By far the pick of the bunch when it comes to the club’s academy players, the 19-year-old has been a revelation since making the move from Wigan.

Leeds Live’s Beren Cross has already suggested that, for a reported £1m, the teenager could well be the best piece of transfer business the Whites have done in a number of years, saying: “As I’m sure we’ll find out in the years ahead, Gelhardt may well be the best bit of business the club has done in the last 20 years, if not ever, because he just looks absolutely outrageous, very, very good player.”

Even Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has been hugely impressed in what limited game-time the 19-year-old has had at Elland Road. He claimed: “He’s like a human wrecking ball. I like him, he’s really exciting. He’s fast, he’s aggressive, he gets on the ball, he takes people on. Once he gets into the box, he loves it. That’s where he can do most of his damage.”

Despite those rave reviews, the forward has found game-time hard to come by in the Premier League this season, with former boss Bielsa giving him just 384 minutes of top-flight football spread out over ten appearances in the competition.

In fact, Bielsa never gave the 19-year-old a start in the Premier League in 2022, with the most minutes he has had in a single game being the 45 he played against Manchester United after being brought on at half-time.

If Marsch wants to kick-start this revolution at Leeds, then handing the striking keys to one of the Whites’ brightest young talents in Gelhardt on Saturday afternoon could really capture everyone’s imagination.

Meanwhile, Leeds have been handed a huge injury boost before the clash with Leicester…

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