April 18, 2024

Mateo Joseph set to feature for Leeds this weekend

Much of the talk about this season has been about the changing of the guard at Elland Road. Pascal Struijk has relieved Liam Cooper of the captains armband and his place in the centre of defence and young Archie Gray is now picked ahead of Luke Ayling at right back. With questions around Patrick Bamford’s striking prowess, he’s not scored since April, is it time to blood our youngsters?

Whilst Joe Gelhardt has never really taken his chance for the first team, Mateo Joseph has been prolific for the U21s and will be itching for a chance in the first team. With Ian Poveda on international duty with Columbia there is a spare place on the bench this weekend, could Joseph be the man to take it? Whilst Leo Hjelde, Lew Bate and Darko Gyabi were involved for the U21s, Joseph was missing fuelling speculation he could be involved this weekend.

Whilst it may be sad to say goodbye to some of those players who won us promotion under Marcelo Bielsa the up and coming young players really need a change to prove their worth, otherwise they may look elsewhere for opportunities to play first team football.

Should Gelhardt look for opportunities away from Elland Road?

Whilst Mateo Joseph may be tipped for a place in this weekends squad to face Blackburn, chances have been few and far between for Joe Gelhardt this season. A player who was once tipped as ‘the new Wayne Rooney’ has seen his career stagnate somewhat. Could the time be right for Gelhardt to look for opportunities away from Elland Road?

Responding to speculation about a potential move to Huddersfield on Twitter, Sun journalist suggested any move for Gelhardt would be ‘pretty expensive’ as Leeds look to cash in on one of their most promising young talents. A permanent deal to another Championship club looks off the cards in January given the potential price tag Leeds will set but would another loan deal be beneficial for both Gelhardt and Leeds?

Gelhardt had a mixed time during his time at Sundealand in January, struggling to leave a lasting impression on Wearside. Nobody at would question his commitment or ability, but circumstances have made it a challenge. Another move this January could be more beneficial for Gelhardt and get his career back on track.

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