02/03/2024

Joe Gelhardt will be a name to remember for the future not only for Leeds but for England. (Photo: Leeds United)

As Leeds United toured Queensland and played against Brisbane Roar and Aston Villa, the Inner Sanctum sat down with Whites forward Joe Gelhardt. Gelhardt is one of many promising players coming through the ranks at Leeds.

As Leeds United toured Queensland and played against Brisbane Roar and Aston Villa, The Inner Sanctum sat down with Whites forward Joe Gelhardt. Gelhardt is one of many promising players coming through the ranks at Leeds.

Earlier this week Leeds United travelled to Queensland to face off against Aston Villa and Brisbane Roar in friendly games. One of the standout players for the Whites in both games was young forward Joe Gelhardt.

Gelhardt not only put on a good showing but netted a goal in the back of the net against Brisbane. During the trip, The Inner Sanctum sat down with the 20-year-old for an exclusive one-on-one interview.

A Liverpool supporter growing up, Gelhardt has gone on to make a name for himself in the English football league system. Joining Wigan Athletic at the tender of the age of 10, he moved to Leeds United at the start of the 2020-21 Premier League season.

Gelhardt had a successful youth career playing with Wigan since 2013. During his time there, he was selected in the U16s, U17s, and U18s England international squad. In 27 appearances he has netted an impressive 19 goals.

Now at Leeds, he was again chosen for England, this time in the U20s team. To date, he has only played one game but was a standout on debut with two goals.

Joe Gelhardt was first discovered by Wigan Athletic before making the move across to Leeds. (Photo: Football Transfer Tavern)

After Wigan was relegated into the EFL Championship the club and Gelhardt agreed it was time to move on. Leeds United came into the fray and bought the wunderkind for €1.00m.

At the time of Leeds purchasing him, his transfer market value has risen from €1.30m to €6.00m. This not only proves how good Gelhardt has gotten but what a bargain he has become for the Whites.

With this transfer, Gelhardt signed a four-year deal with the Whites. Due to his continued form with the Whites, there have been continuous rumours that he and Leeds are in advanced talks for a new deal. As a new contract looms, he will be negotiating a new contract with a higher pay rise.

Last season he had two goals and two assists as he primarily came off the bench as a substitute. His most memorable play from the 2021-22 Premier League season was a stoppage-time assist to teammate Pascal Struijk against Brighton Home & Albion.

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The 20-year-old spoke to The Inner Sanctum about what he has developed the most in the last few seasons.

“I just enjoyed my minutes and continue to develop under the new manager (Jesse Marsch) and then working in the gym. This season, hopefully, I’ll play a few more games and then play well,” Gelhardt explained.

Last season Gelhardt suffered a string of injuries which was a big blow for him and the club. His rhythm felt out of touch as he struggled to play consecutive games. If he stays healthy, opponents should be worried as he can turn the game around in an instant.

Patrick Bamford has been the main person that Joe Gelhardt looks up to and gets advice from. (Photo: Goal.com)

The current forward position at Leeds is occupied by Patrick Bamford. The English national player has appeared 114 times and scored 44 goals in the white jersey. Bamford has been able to mentor Gelhardt even when either of them has been on the sidelines.

Gelhardt spoke about who has mentored him the most and helped develop his game.

“Pat (Bamford). Being in my position he has helped me a lot in the games, even when he’s not playing and I’m playing, he’s always there to give me some help,” he said.

“He helps me with movement and shooting and even in training he’s always helping myself.”

Going into the 2022-2023 Premier League season, Leeds has lost several players but has gained some young wunderkinder.

Laurens De Bock and Liam McCarron have left via transfer to Zulte Waregem and Stoke City respectively. While Tyler Roberts, Charlie Cresswell, and Jamie Shackleton have all left the club through loan transfers.

The two biggest departures for Leeds were right-winger Raphinha and midfielder Kalvin Phillips. The Brazilian winger left Leeds to join La Liga powerhouse FC Barcelona on a five-year deal. Originally signing a four-year contract with Leeds in 2020, he had enough of their losing woes.

Kalvin Phillips however was a surprise as many fans thought he would play at Leeds for life. The defensive midfielder who is currently in the England national team decided to join Manchester City on a six-year deal.

In their absence, Leeds has gone on a spending spree transferring six new players who are all under the age of 25. Coach Jesse Marsch has made sure each position has enough depth for the future.

Luis Sinisterra is one of six new arrivals at Leeds and will be hoping to make an impact. (Photo: TEAMtalk)

The players arriving for the new season are; Darko Gyabi from Manchester City, Marc Roca from Bayern Munich, Luis Sinisterra from Feynoord, Tyler Adams from RB Leipzig, and Rasmus Kristensen and Brenden Aaronson from RB Salzburg.

“The players have got on well with the lads and settled well (into the team). They are great players and hopefully, they can strengthen our team, which I’m sure they will,” Gelhardt said when asked about how the new signings are settling into the club.

Gelhardt discussed how is he enjoying his time in Australia. He had a good laugh and declined to comment on whether we could see him playing for an A-League team down the line.

“It’s a lovely country, it is very, very hot as well. A nice tourist destination and I will be coming back here next pre-season,” he said.

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