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Leeds United: Marcelo Bielsa must unleash Joe Gelhardt tonight

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United side head into Tuesday evening’s Premier League fixture in the midst of a worrying run of form, with the Whites having won just two of their last ten league outings – leaving the 66-year-old’s team languishing down in 15th place in the top-flight standings.

On top of this, the Argentine coach is having to deal with something of an injury crisis at Elland Road, with the likes of Kalvin Phillips, Liam Cooper, Patrick Bamford, Robin Koch and Rodrigo Moreno having all missed the 3-2 loss to Chelsea on Saturday, and once again look set to be sidelined for the trip to Manchester City this evening.

As such, Bielsa will undoubtedly be nursing a rather large selection headache as he attempts to fit a number of square pegs in round holes in his starting XI against Pep Guardiola’s side, however, one player who would appear to be a shoo-in for a start at the Etihad is 19-year-old centre-forward Joe Gelhardt.

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Gelhardt could give Guardiola nightmares

Despite having been handed just one Premier League start this season, Gelhardt has nevertheless proven he is something of a game-changer in the Leeds United attack.

Indeed, after being brought on with 27 minutes remaining against Wolverhampton Wanderers back in October, with his side trailing the visitors 1-0, the £1.17m-rated man single-handedly turned the course of the game on its head, first by drawing a fantastic save from Jose Sa between the Wolves sticks, before surging into the opposition penalty area in the dying moments and winning his side a penalty – which Rodrigo tucked home to secure Leeds a share of the spoils.

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More recently, after being brought on in the closing stages against Chelsea last weekend, the 19-year-old who Conor McGilligan dubbed “predatorial” once again changed the game, drawing Leeds level with his first touch of the ball – fantastically sliding home Tyler Robert’s low cross past a helpless Edouard Mendy.

As such, it is an incredibly easy argument to make that, in the absence of Bamford, Bielsa simply must unleash the £16.5k-per-week Gelhardt from the off this evening, as the England U21 international undoubtedly has the ability to cause Guardiola and his side nightmares on Tuesday.

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