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Leeds: Marsch should unleash Gelhardt

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Leeds United as soon as once more failed to show in a swashbuckling efficiency comparable to these witnessed earlier this season in opposition to Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon, with Jesse Marsch’s aspect in the end having to accept a degree in a largely drab goalless draw at Elland Highway.

Certainly, with the Whites at the moment on a four-game winless run – together with a 1-0 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion, a 1-1 draw with Everton, a 5-2 defeat at Brentford and Sunday’s stalemate with Villa – August’s high-octane 3-0 win over Chelsea now feels as if it have been a lifetime in the past.

Nonetheless, with Leeds’ U21 aspect securing their sixth win from seven video games in 2022/23 on Tuesday night – a very enthralling 5-3 Papa John’s Trophy victory over Tranmere Rovers – maybe it might be clever for Marsch to take a better take a look at a few of his up and coming starlets in a bid to inject some recent impetus to his senior aspect.

Though, with Joe Gelhardt – the 20-year-old who the American disregarded of his 20-man squad to face Villa final weekend – being the two-goal hero for Michael Skubala’s aspect in midweek, the 48-year-old may properly be left considerably red-faced by crawling again to the teen he spurned only a matter of days in the past.

Certainly, if the £8.7m-rated expertise hoped to ship his supervisor a message at Prenton Park, he definitely did so, scoring two exceptionally well-taken targets, making two key passes, taking 4 pictures on the Tranmere aim and drawing 4 fouls – with these returns seeing the England U21 earn a match-best SofaScore ranking of 8.4.

The Yorkshire Night Put up journalist, Joe Donnohue, additionally awarded the striker a match-topping 9 in his personal participant rankings, in addition to stating of Gelhardt’s show: “Two very well-taken targets – energy and placement. Labored arduous off the ball from begin to end. Like [Wilfried] Gnonto, makes use of his physique so properly to his benefit.”

As such, with a testing journey to Crystal Palace up subsequent for the Whites, it could seem a particularly clever transfer for Marsch to reverse his Villa determination on the £16.5k-per-week Gelhardt, because the participant who Leeds Reside’s Beren Cross claimed is “going to vary video games” may very a lot show to do precisely this at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

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