Marcelo Bielsa will likely hand Joe Gelhardt his Leeds United debut after the international break.
That is according to former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 18-year-old’s remarkable form for the club’s Under-23s.
Gelhardt scored a hat-trick on Monday, as Leeds’ Under-23s beat West Brom 5-0 in Premier League 2.
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It was the centre-forward’s 14th goal involvement of the 2020-21 campaign – he has 11 goals and three assists to his name.
A summer signing from Wigan Athletic, Gelhardt is yet to make his senior debut for the Whites, but he has been named in six Premier League matchday squads.
When asked if a debut was around the corner for the teenager, Campbell told Football Insider:
“I think we might see Gelhardt given a chance in the first team because Leeds have pretty much secured their safety this season.
“What is the point of bringing these youngsters into the first team if you are not going to test them out? That is the key.
“He has proved he can do it in the Under-23s.
“I would be excited to see some of these youngsters between now and the end of the season, it would be great.”
Speaking on Gelhardt earlier this month, Bielsa said: “He’s a player that always creates danger in a game,” Bielsa of the youngster’s abilities.
“He’s a player who’s more linked with the finalising of chances rather than the creation of them. He has resources to beat an opponent and he has a final shot, a finish that is very good.”