Opinion

Another loan-to-buy makes sense in January as Leeds United fail to utilise “human wrecking ball” – View

|
Image for Another loan-to-buy makes sense in January as Leeds United fail to utilise “human wrecking ball” – View

Leeds United’s attacking setup right now seems fairly settled in terms of who Daniel Farke is keen to turn to in the Championship, which is worrying for Joe Gelhardt’s chances of playing.

Having signed Joel Piroe in the summer, Leeds were clearly not in a mood for messing around when it came to pushing for promotion this season, alongside retaining Georginio Rutter and others.

The added depth in attack from these moves in the summer has seen Leeds’ attack improve significantly, but that increased quality has proven to be bad news for some.

What’s the latest on Joe Gelhardt?

After an okay loan with Sunderland where he was again played out of position to cover injuries, many thought Leeds’ relegation could be a major opportunity for Joe Gelhardt.

Having broken through at the club in the Premier League under Marcelo Bielsa, where his form brought praise from the Argentine to describe him as a “human wrecking ball” after a sensational run against Wolves in October 2021.

Under Daniel Farke this season, though, there’s been very little chance for Gelhardt to show what he’s capable of in a run of games, not doing much in the chances he got earlier in the season to make his presence in the squad stick – scoring once in 315 minutes so far.

His last outing for Leeds said a lot, coming on for a minute away at Millwall, over two months ago in the Championship.

Where will Leeds finish in 23/24?

League-winners

League-winners

Automatic promotion

Automatic promotion

3rd-6th

3rd-6th

Outside the playoffs

Outside the playoffs

Should Gelhardt get a loan?

Joffy will be looking to his close friend Sam Greenwood with envy at the moment, with the versatile forward also facing similar issues in pre-season under a manager who didn’t know where to play him, just like every other manager previously.

He moved to Middlesbrough on loan (with an option to buy), and is excelling under the management of Michael Carrick, who has opted to play him on the left side of midfield to great effect with the goals and assists flowing for the former Arsenal youngster.

Gelhardt could flourish in the Championship with similar astute coaching, from someone who knows exactly where the 21-year-old is best in the attack.

An option-to-buy might be something to consider too, knowing that Gelhardt is never really going to be Leeds’ starting striker while Rutter, of the same age, is doing what he’s doing.

Quiz: How much do you know about Leeds United’s Georginio Rutter? Find out here…

1 of 15

Which club did Leeds sign Rutter from?

Share this article

Leeds United season ticket holder since 2013/14, currently situated in the middle of the FA5 noise. From Pablo Hernandez to 5-1 drubbings, I've seen it all at Elland Road.