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Leeds: Jesse Marsch must unleash Joe Gelhardt

With Jesse Marsch taking over from Marcelo Bielsa in the Leeds United dugout, there are a number of changes expected to be made within the Whites’ first-team ahead of their Premier League fixture against Leicester City this weekend.

One such change is thought to be in the club’s formation, with the Argentine manager typically favouring a 4-1-4-1/3-3-1-3 setup, while the American is known for utilising a much more narrow 4-2-2-2 system, or a 4-4-2 with a diamond midfield.

As such, fans could well witness the unfamiliar sight of the Whites starting Saturday’s fixture at the King Power with two centre-forwards leading the line, and, with Patrick Bamford still appearing to be some way off making a return to first-team action due to a hamstring injury, it would appear highly likely that Joe Gelhardt could fill one of these spots.

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Marsch must unleash Gelhardt

While it is true that Bielsa did utilise the highly-rated striker at times this season, with the 19-year-old having featured in ten Premier League fixtures so far this term, only two of these outings came as starts – with Gelhardt having played a total of 384 minutes of top-flight football in the current campaign, an average of just 38 minutes per game.

However, despite this lack of action, the £2.7m-rated England U21 international has nevertheless managed to score one goal, register three assists and create one big chance for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.2 shots and making 0.5 key passes per fixture.

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As such, it is clear to see why Bielsa had extremely high hopes for the striker, with the 66-year-old stating of Gelhardt: “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.”

So, considering all of the above, it would appear an absolute must for Marsch to unleash the teenage sensation on a much more regular basis over the remainder of the season, as, if given the chance from the off, the £16.5k-per-week hitman could very well fire Leeds to safety – something that would undoubtedly represent a masterclass on the part of the 48-year-old coach.

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