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Leeds and Bielsa could turn to Joe Gelhardt to solve goalscoring woes

Leeds United continued to struggle in the Premier League as they could only muster a 1-1 draw against Steve Bruce’s Newcastle United side this weekend.

The Whites should have had the game won. But once again, they failed to build on Raphinha’s opening goal and allowed the Magpies back into the game via Allan Saint-Maximin.

Leeds are struggling to find their goal scoring touch this season. So far, they’ve managed just the five Premier League goals. And while plenty of other sides are struggling in front of goal too, it’s not something you’d associate Leeds with really.

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Patrick Bamford will, no doubt, come good again. But for the time being, and to give Bamford a bit of help, the solution might already sit within Thorp Arch in the form of young striker, Joe Gelhardt.

Gelhardt making waves at Leeds

There was a reason Leeds moved quickly to snap up Gelhardt from Wigan Athletic. And since his arrival at Elland Road, he’s certainly been making an impression at under-23s level.

The 19-year-old hit 11 in just 16 PL2 games last term. And he’s followed that form up this year, scoring four times in just five games already. Indeed, he was at it again this weekend, scoring twice in a rampant win against Liverpool today.

Gelhardt, then, is definitely someone for Bielsa to be keeping tabs on. Yes, he is a raw talent and the Premier League is a different kettle of fish. But Bielsa has already had him on the bench this season, so an appearance can’t be too far away.

Ultimately, if Leeds continue to struggle for goals, then something might need to change. Chucking Gelhardt in, then, might be just the boost the squad, club, and Bielsa needs.

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