Leeds United are expected to see striker Joe Gelhardt leave the club on loan this month, and he could be joined by others in need of playing time.
Gelhardt’s breakout season in 2021/22 promised big things under Jesse Marsch, but he has failed to get the same sort of opportunities this time around.
It’s led to serious interest from the Championship, particularly from Wigan Athletic, who look set to win the race for his signature as the player opted to move back to the club he left for Leeds in 2020 – per The Athletic.
Gelhardt isn’t the only player who would make sense to secure a temporary move away this month.
Here, we look at two more Leeds players who could follow Gelhardt’s lead in leaving the club in January…
No one would blame Drameh if he turned around to Jesse Marsch this month and asked to leave the club permanently, because there’s a lot of talk around his work, but no action.
Drameh has done nothing wrong to warrant being kept out of the first-team picture, yet we’re barely seeing him play, even when both right-backs in front of him are barely justifying their starting spots in front of him.
A loan could be the best thing for the club in the long run, knowing Luke Ayling is out of contract in the summer, and Drameh could come back from another impressive loan and battle head-to-head with Kristensen for the starting role.
A departure for him should not be ruled out, because game time isn’t coming here.
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Joel Robles featuring in the cup recently underlines that he has nailed down the backup spot in goal behind Illan Meslier.
That means Kristoffer Klaesson is the third choice and far away from making first-team appearances this season.
The YEP revealed that there is interest from clubs looking to sign the Norwegian on loan for the rest of the season, and the club need to consider it.
He’s not going to develop much sat behind two senior goalkeepers in the pecking order, limited to just youth football at the age of 22.