Phil Hay’s £1m transfer claim looks bang on the money as Leeds United toast a new hero

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Joe Gelhardt had the telling impact for Leeds United on Saturday against Wolves, inspiring Marcelo Bielsa’s side to a late equaliser.

Leeds looked set for a fifth league defeat of the season with Gelhardt’s remit from the bench to turn the game when he was introduced in the 62nd minute.

In that 30 minute cameo, the 19-year-old was superb, thrusting himself into starting contention for the weeks to come.

Phil Hay claimed post-match that the £1m Leeds spent to get him to Elland Road from Wigan Athletic was a steal, and briefly scanning over his impact only underlines that.

As our graphic shows, Gelhardt was busy in his 35 minutes on the field, getting into strong areas and winning Leeds a crucial penalty.

The teenager had three shots on goal, forcing Jose Sa into one very good save. Gelhardt almost won the game for Leeds in the final seconds, just pushing his effort the wrong side of Sa’s far post.

In creating one chance, Gelhardt also provided plenty more alongside his own barrage on Sa’s goal.

One of his two progressive runs decided the game, though, as he left Ruben Neves in his wake before moving into the penalty area, drawing a foul from Nelson Semedo and winning a penalty. Rodrigo Moreno stepped up to smash Leeds to a deserved point.

Other areas of Gelhardt’s game were good, too. He made two recoveries and worked hard out of possession, whilst he accrued a pass success of 100% despite coming up against the lowest of low blocks.

Rodrigo stepped up like a £28m should to pile the pressure penalty beyond Sa. However, Saturday was all about another 2020 addition.

£1m for Joe Gelhardt: the kid who makes seasoned Premier League players look this ordinary? A steal in every sense.

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