Scottish Giants Eye Move For £5 Million Leeds United Star

Both Celtic and Rangers are interested in securing the services of Joe Gelhardt from Leeds United, according to Mail Online.

Gelhardt has been out of favour this season, being given only six league appearances throughout the entirety of the campaign, playing in both EFL Cup games at the beginning of the season. He has fallen down Daniel Farke’s pecking order since the arrival of Dutch goalscorer Joel Piroe and the return from injury of striker duo Mateo Joseph and Patrick Bamford.

Farke has handed the attacker just six minutes since the beginning of September, in which unsurprisingly the youngster hasn’t been able to contribute with any goals or assists. The 21-year-old scored twice in his debut for England Under 20s before he gained himself a call-up to the U21 setup in 2021, he was unable however to make an appearance.

Last season the U20 international had a difficult loan spell at Sunderland whilst his parent club fought to stay in the Premier League, joining The Black Cats in January as they looked to push for a playoff finish. The Wearside club finished 6th last season, with Gelhardt operating mostly out of position as a loan 9, contributing three goals and three assists in the process.

As reported by MailOnline, the ex-Wigan star is thought of highly by both Scottish giants Celtic and Rangers. There is no information as to whether Gelhardt would be making a permanent or temporary move to Glasgow if a move was to be made this January.

The two clubs are both fighting for the top spot in the Scottish Premiership, whilst Rangers continue to play in Europe, topping their Europa League group. Neither club appears in any desperate need for attacking reinforcements and so it could be suspected the player is seen as one for the future by both parties.

Whilst Alan Nixon claims that Plymouth are another party interested in the services of the versatile youngster, it is reported Farke is in no way interested in losing the player and has told both Gelhardt and Charlie Cresweell will be staying at Leeds. Via Phil Hay, Farke suggests that whilst a loan deal might appeal to either player, there is no interest in losing them at this stage.

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Gelhardt has previously impressed hugely for Leeds in the past, providing vital goals and assists that kept them in the top flight just two years ago, and he remains only 21 years of age. It is however unfair to ask of a player at this key stage of his career to hang around whilst he doesn’t receive any minutes.

Farke needs to show Gelhardt soon how important he views him by giving him some game time, or the club risks another Gnonto-esque situation where a young talent looks to force their way out of West Yorkshire.

 

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