Radrizzani says Gelhardt is one of the most talented youngsters around
Andrea Radrizzani has told The Athletic that Joe Gelhardt is one of the most talented youngsters in the country, and suggested that Leeds United are wary of signing a striker who blocks his pathway to the first-team.
Signing a new forward appears to be a priority for many supporters heading into the final stages of the transfer window. As things stand, Jesse Marsch’s side are looking set to be extremely reliant on Patrick Bamford staying fit.
Of course, reports have claimed that Leeds are working on a move for Arnaud Kalimuendo. But perhaps, there is now reason to think that that may not happen.
Kalimuendo is 20 years of age, just a few months older than Gelhardt.
Gelhardt enjoyed a breakout year last season. He made his first-team debut for the Whites early on in the campaign. And he went on to produce a couple of moments of sheer brilliance, including on the penultimate weekend of the season when he provided a crucial assist for Pascal Struijk.
Leeds fans are extremely excited about Gelhardt’s potential. And Radrizzani has now suggested that Leeds need to keep that in mind as they pursue another forward.
“We are talking a lot about a striker. Who we bring in. If we bring in a young striker, we tend to kill the space and opportunity for Gelhardt, who I believe is one of the most talented forwards in the country for his age. Every time he plays he has an impact,” he told The Athletic.
“I’m being very hesitant to bring in a striker that could kill the time of Joffy on the pitch.”
Gelhardt one of the most talented youngsters in the country
You can understand Radrizzani’s perspective. However, that does not mean that Leeds should not sign another attacking player.
Gelhardt is not yet the finished article. And with that, having him as Bamford’s main understudy is something of a gamble.
Ideally perhaps, Leeds would sign someone capable of playing up front as well as in the three roles behind the striker.
But there is no doubt that they are taking a huge risk once again if they do not sign another forward this month.
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