Joe Gelhardt says he’s become a big fan of ‘great person’ at Leeds right after signing new deal
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Joe Gelhardt says he’s become a big fan of ‘great person’ at Leeds right after signing new deal

Leeds United youngster Joe Gelhardt signed a new long-term deal yesterday and told the club’s official website that he’s a big fan of Jesse Marsch afterwards

The Whites handed new contracts to Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood and Crysencio Summerville ahead of the new season. 

Gelhardt has penned a deal until the summer of 2027 and is clearly enjoying life under Marsch at Leeds. 

The 20-year-old racked up 20 appearances for the Whites last season and 10 of them came under Marsch after he replaced Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road. 

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Gelhardt big fan of Marsch 

Gelhardt stepped up for Marsch last season and told the Leeds website that the American boss puts a lot of faith in younger players

“Jesse is a great person, he’s a great manager as well,” he said. 

“From the past, everyone knows he’s given youngsters a chance and it’s the same with us, he believes in the youth and we’ve got to repay that by giving 100% every time we step out on the pitch for him.” 

Gelhardt certainly repaid the faith shown in him last season after being called into action off the back of a number of injuries to first-team players. 

The young striker showed what he is capable of as he scored two goals and assisted four times, while looking a real threat for Leeds. 

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Leeds are ‘ready’ for the Premier League season

Gelhardt is looking to battle for a place in Marsch’s eleven again this season after gruelling sessions over the summer months. 

He added: “It’s been tough, physically but it’s expected and we’re all ready for the premier league next week and we’re all excited.” 

With Bamford back from injury, Gelhardt may not get as much game time as he experienced last season but it’s clear that he’s a player Marsch rates highly. 

He also scored a massive goal towards the end of last season against Aston Villa as the club battled to survive in the Premier League.

Off the back of a new contract and an impressive campaign, Gelhardt could be an important option for Marsch this season. 

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