Kevin Campbell expects to see Joe Gelhardt involved with the Leeds United first team “very soon” following his standout performances at Under-23 level.
The former Arsenal and Everton forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted “if you are good enough you are old enough” when evaluating the 18-year-old’s first team prospects this season.
Football Insider revealed earlier this week that the teenage forward has blown away Marcelo Bielsa and his coaching staff with his promise and potential behind the scenes.
Gelhardt has made seven appearances for Leeds United’s Under-23s in Premier League 2, scoring four goals, three of which have come in the last two games.
However, the £1million summer arrival from Wigan Athletic is yet to be involved in a senior matchday squad despite Under-23 teammates Jack Jenkins and Oliver Casey being named on the bench for the trip to Crystal Palace last time out.
When asked by Football Insider if he expected Gelhardt to be called up to a Premier League squad soon, Campbell said: “If you are good enough you are old enough, and if you are phenomenal at age-group level, you’ve got an even better chance.
“Under-23s football is not first team football, I can tell you that much but anybody that is in the Under-23s has to get a chance.
“The only way you know if they are ready is by giving them a chance.
“Bielsa is one of these guys who likes to give youngsters a chance so I expect to see this lad get a chance very soon.”
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