Reporter suggests striker could temporarily leave Leeds United in January

Leeds United striker Joe Gelhardt could leave the club on loan during the January transfer window.

That’s according to BBC Sport journalist Adam Pope, who says the 20-year-old could face an uncertain future at Leeds, following his absence against Aston Villa on Sunday.

Last season, Gelhradt played an important role in keeping Leeds in the Premier League, at times leading the line with the injured Patrick Bamford.

However, as Bamford continue to struggle for fitness, Gelhardt has struggled for opportunities at the start of this campaign.

The young striker has only started in the Premier League once this season, where he struggled to make an impact in the 5-2 loss at Brentford.

Indeed, the 20-year-old hasn’t even been named in the matchday squad for Sunday’s clash with Villa, despite being uninjured, with deadline day signing Wilfried Gnonto instead named on the bench as Rodrigo led the line.

It suggests Gelhardt may have fallen behind the 18-year-old Italy international in the pecking order, which Pope believes could open the door for some movement in the January window.

Speaking about Gelhardt’s situation on BBC Sport’s Don’t Go To Bed Just Yet podcast, the reporter said: “Well, where does that leave Gelhardt right now? Because he’s either benched or he obviously started at Brentford and it didn’t go well for him that day.

“But while others score points in the [under]-21s, like your [Mateo] Josephs, your [Sonny] Perkins, Gnonto is the name right now. Where does that leave him?

“If it continues like this, will it maybe lead to a loan in January? You don’t want to lose it anytime, do you? »

You feel like a loan move for Gelhardt in January might be worth considering.

With Gnonto seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order, Bamford closing in on full fitness and Rodrigo enjoying a strong start to the season, Gelhardt could find minutes hard to come by at the moment.

A loan move could therefore make sense, given that he has to keep playing, and is surely too good to drop back down to youth level.

You imagine there wouldn’t be a shortage of takers for him either given the ability he clearly possesses, so this could be something Leeds will think long and hard about over the next few months.

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