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Former Leeds United player Noel Whelan has told Marcelo Bielsa to promote Joe Gelhardt to the first-team squad. Gelhardt has been having an impressive season with the U23’s. He has made overall 6 appearances in which he has scored 3 goals and provided 1 assist.
The 18-year-old joined Leeds during the summer transfer window from Wigan Athletic.
“The kid has got talent and if you are good enough, you are old enough. It is as simple as that,” he told Football Insider.
“He is excelling for the 23s and we do not have an out-and-out striking option on the bench so I would love to see him being integrated into that squad now. I think he is ready, I really do. There is no point in progressing him in the under-23s any longer quite frankly. He is flying there.
“We do not have another out-and-out striker and he can be another option off the bench. You have got to look at that because we are not blessed with a million and one strikers at the football club.
“We need to give Patrick Bamford a little bit of help. Give the young man a chance.”
Bamford has also been having an impressive season with the first-team. He has scored 6 goals in 7 appearances for the Whites and provided 2 assists.
source – Leeds-live
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