Mills makes Gelhardt claim that's 'difficult to put into words' after electrifying Leeds latest
It is a “little bit too soon” to expect Joe Gelhardt to make a proper breakthrough into the Leeds United senior side.
That is the view of ex-Whites and England defender Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after watching Gelhardt make his debut for Marcelo Bielsa’s side in the Carabao Cup against Fulham.
The young attacker was introduced from the bench after 69 minutes and scored his penalty as Leeds progressed after a shoot-out.
It was a reward for his blistering form for the Under-23s after firing in six goals in the opening six Premier League 2 games this season.
Asked whether we could see the 19-year-old become a regular for Bielsa’s side, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I think it’s a little bit too soon.
“The step up from Under-23s football to the Championship is quite big. The step up from Under-23s football to the Premier League is like 10 levels above. It’s difficult to put into words how big that gap is.
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“You’re going from playing against players who are of a similar sort of age, within two years, and are good players to suddenly playing against senior internationals who have the knowhow and so many attributes in their locker. You have to be very wary.
“They do OK for 20 or 30 minutes then there’s a lapse in concentration and boom, boom, boom they’ve made a mistake.
“These players have to be nursed into it. Unless you’ve got a player like Wayne Rooney when he burst onto the scene who was physically supreme at the age of 16, 17.
“It’s difficult to go from an Under-23s team to a Premier League first team.”