Mateusz Klich outlines his Joe Gelhardt wish for Leeds United's first team

Mateusz Klich has outlined his wish for teenage Leeds United star Joe Gelhardt who is "getting closer" to the first team.

Wednesday, 29th September 2021, 4:08 pm

Gelhardt joined Leeds from Wigan Athletic back in August 2020 to initially operate with United's under-23s under boss Mark Jackson.

The 19-year-old continually impressed as Jackson's side stormed to promotion as Premier League Two Division Two champions, meaning top tier Academy football this term.

Gelhardt has continued his progress for club and country, the teen netting a double on his debut for England's under-20s in a 6-1 thrashing of Romania earlier this month.

Sign up to our Leeds United newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

RISING STAR: Nineteen-year-old forward Joe Gelhardt wallops home his spot kick in the penalty shoot out against Carabao Cup hosts Fulham on his Leeds United debut this month. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

The forward has enjoyed a particularly memorable September, netting braces in the under-23s clashes against Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers.

The teen was also handed his Whites first team debut this month when coming on as a second-half substitute in the third round Carabao Cup clash at Fulham which went to penalties.

The striker emphatically netted his spot kick as Marcelo Bielsa's side progressed 6-5 in the shootout - and United's Polish international midfielder Klich hopes Gelhardt's Premier League debut will now be forthcoming this term.

"It’s very good (that people are talking about him]," said Klich, speaking to BBC Radio Leeds.

"I personally like him and hope he develops like he does because he is getting better and better and I think he is getting closer to the team as well.

"I really hope he gets a Premier League start this season because I think he deserves it because he is a good player. I like him."

A message from the Editor:

Leeds has a fantastic story to tell - and the Yorkshire Evening Post has been rooted firmly at the heart of telling the stories of our city since 1890.

We believe in ourselves and hope you believe in us too. We need your support to help ensure we can continue to be at the heart of life in Leeds.

Subscribe to our website and enjoy unlimited access to local news and information online and on our app.

With a digital subscription, you can read more than 5 articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content.

Click here to subscribe.

For more details on our newspaper subscription offers click here.

Thank you Laura Collins