By Danny Mills

2nd Nov, 2021 | 12:10pm

Mills verdict on Gelhardt making breakthrough after behind-the-scenes Leeds reveal

Danny Mills has insisted Joe Gelhardt has a long way to go before making a real impact on the Leeds United first-team.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender claimed Gelhardt would find it difficult to be as effective as Patrick Bamford when he returns from injury.

As quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post, the teenager admitted it had been a “tough change” adapting to Marcelo Bielsa’s methods.

Gelhardt moved to Leeds from Wigan Athletic in 2020 and now has four Whites appearances under his belt.

That includes a stunning 27-minute cameo against Wolves at Elland Road last month as he won a late penalty that salvaged a 1-1 draw.

“I still think it will be difficult for him to break in,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“They’re talking about Bamford being possibly fit in the next week or so.

“It’s hard for a young player. The way that Bielsa plays, it’s almost as if Patrick Bamford is unique to that and that’s why he’s such a big miss.

“It’s not just his goals, Bielsa has said himself they’re not creating many chances, it’s the way Bamford presses from the front, he closes one centre-back and goes to the other one. I think you’ll find at the moment, Rodrigo closes one and then lets the other one have it and teams are able to get out.

“Sometimes it’s easier to go into a game like Wolves, you go ‘You know what, just go for it’. It’s easy to throw caution into the wind, just go and play. You’re 1-0 down, what’s the worse that can happen? Get the ball, run at people, make something happen. That’s exactly what he did.

“Pressure comes when people start to have expectations. When you’re coming on like that there are no expectations. Suddenly when you’re in from the start and expected to play 90 minutes, do certain things, it gets a little bit harder.

“I’ve seen him in the Under-23s a couple of times and he’s done OK but it’s not like you’re thinking ‘This guy has got to start, he’s got to be in the first team’.”

In other news, a Leeds United player deal is in line to be terminated.