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3 ways in which Leeds United could combat temporary Joe Gelhardt exit

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Leeds United are going to be receptive to offers for striker Joe Gelhardt in the January transfer window.

As January looms for Leeds, a number of exits are being discussed before concrete reports of signings being made to bolster Jesse Marsch’s squad.

Joe Gelhardt is the latest, with sources indicating to Leeds All Over that the club are going to listen to loan offers for the striker – one club from the Championship has already stated their interest in signing him.

It would leave Marsch quite light up front and in need of finding a way to add more depth to his strike-force.

Here, we look at three ways in which the club could combat the departure of Gelhardt in January…

Mateo Joseph

One way Marsch could resolve losing Gelhardt on a temporary basis would be to implement Mateo Joseph in the first-team full-time.

He made his senior and Premier League debut in the week before the World Cup break and it has been fully deserved after he scored 11 goals in eight PL2 appearances.

Joseph would offer Leeds more of an out-and-out number nine option that Marsch definitely needs, rather than Gelhardt who is more of a deeper-lying forward.

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Sonny Perkins

If Marsch wants something closer to Gelhardt in his squad, then Sonny Perkins is likely to be given more of a chance in the new year.

While Joseph is scoring a lot of goals in the under-21s, Perkins is too, and was also given his debut in the Carabao Cup against Wolves earlier this month.

Perkins is more of an all-round attacker than Joseph and could offer Marsch more versatility from the bench, given he can operate in deeper roles while still being comfortable as a striker.

Fresh signing

Perhaps the most popular of the options Marsch has is to go out and make a new signing that most fans would say is vital.

Even if Gelhardt ended up staying, we still need to be looking at a new forward to make Marsch’s approach really work.

Rodrigo’s nine goals paper over the fact that he struggles in the press and isn’t as effective in leading the line, while Patrick Bamford can’t stay fit and can’t score.

A fresh signing would be the best way to get the fans onside if Gelhardt does go out on loan.

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