Coach tells Leeds fans there's a 'very talented' 19-year-old in their ranks they should be buzzing about
Leeds United have a “real prospect” in their ranks in Joe Gelhardt, according to England Under-20s manager Andy Edwards.
Gelhardt only arrived at Elland Road in August last year but his tally at age level for the Whites Under-23s is nothing short of superb.
So far, the 19-year-old has made 23 appearances for Leeds U23s, and has registered an impressive 17 goals and four assists.
Gelhardt has also made his senior Leeds debut, getting 51 minutes under his belt in the Carabao Cup third-round penalty shootout win at Fulham.
Edwards was at that game to see how several Leeds youngsters got on.
And judging by his latest England Under-20s squad, he was happy with what he saw.
Four Leeds players have made the cut – Gelhardt, Cody Drameh, Lewis Bate and Sam Greenwood.
Meanwhile, Charlie Cresswell is in the latest England Under-21s squad.
Speaking to ITV Yorkshire correspondent Chris Dawkes about his selection, Edwards waxed lyrical about Gelhardt.
“He’s very talented, Joe, we think highly of him,” he said in footage shared by Dawkes on Twitter.
“He’s an infectious character, a great lad to have around on and off the pitch, been in the pathway some time there and performed well.
“Where they’re going to get to, you’re never too sure, but Joe is a real prospect.
“(He’s) one that we’re looking forward to welcoming this week and next week and one that Leeds fans should be looking forward to seeing.
“I watched him at Fulham a week or so ago, when he came on he got a really good reception, so it seems he’s highly thought of by the Leeds fans.”