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Jamie Carragher weighs in on bargain 2020 Leeds United transfer

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Joe Gelhardt impressed once again as he made his first league start for Leeds United in the loss away at Tottenham on Sunday.

Leeds’ youth investment is starting to have a direct impact on the strength of the first team as Marcelo Bielsa continues to sweat on the availability of key players.

Joe Gelhardt is someone who is in the senior squad on merit but was handed an unlikely chance at the weekend thanks to yet another setback.

A first Premier League start was handed to the 19-year-old strike in the wake of Rodrigo’s minor injury blow, starting against Antonio Conte’s Tottenham.

It was another bright showing for the youngster as he looked to torment the Spurs defence, still unable to get off the mark for this season despite threatening to do so multiple times.

It shows how much of a bargain Leeds have pulled off to bring him in from Wigan Athletic in 2020 for a reported fee of just £1million.

The Latics’ financial problems have been well-documented as they were relegated the same season Leeds were promoted thanks to a points deduction and administration.

It’s something that Leeds took advantage of and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher believes could have been a much larger fee if the circumstances at Wigan were better (via Twitter):

The shoe is now seemingly on the other foot when it comes to poaching talent.

After years of seeing our best youngsters flogged for peanuts, we’re now in a position to take full advantage of these situations.

It’s a real shame that we have to see clubs struggle like this though, given WIgan’s standing in the EFL and Premier League over the past decade.

It was a nice touch from Bielsa to show his gratitude for the work done at Wigan to create such a talent in Gelhardt though.

Carragher is right as well though because we’d have been looking at a much bigger fee if Wigan weren’t strapped for cash.

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