Joe Gelhardt will be asking questions about his Leeds United future if Marcelo Bielsa doesn’t give him assurances over his game time.
That’s according to former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Gelhardt’s first-team chances.
Gelhardt, 18, scored a hat-trick in the Leeds U23s 5-0 win against West Brom last Monday as Bielsa watched on from the sidelines.
Phillips claims Gelhardt will be itching for a first-team opportunity after impressing in the Premier League 2 this season and he may be questioning his Elland Road future if he isn’t given guarantees.
“Sometimes you have to be patient. It’s tough when you’ve got Patrick Bamford ahead of you,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“He’s probably the first name on the team sheet. But there comes a point where, as a player, if you’re scoring goals and doing well you want an opportunity.
“If you’re not going to get it at the club you’re at, can you go somewhere else and get an opportunity?
“It’s a tough one for the manager because he wants to keep everyone happy but Leeds are playing well with the system that they play.
“He’ll want some questions answered by the manager about ‘where does my future lie?’
“That conversation will probably be had at the end of the season with a view to looking at next year’s campaign.”
Gelhardt now has 11 goals and three assists in 15 Premier League 2 appearances this season after his three-goal haul on Monday.
Leeds are next in action against Sheffield United after the international break as the Whites look to finish their Premier League season with a flourish.