‘It’s Surprising’ – Pundit View: Marsch promise made to Leeds fringe player amid Aug development

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Joe Gelhardt must have been promised by Jesse Marsch he’ll get more game-time this season for him to sign a new contract with Leeds United, according to Paul Robinson.

It was confirmed on 2 August that Gelhardt, 20, has signed a new five-year deal with the Whites while Crysencio Summerville and Sam Greenwood also penned fresh terms to extend their stays at Elland Road.

Gelhardt is one of the top young centre-forwards in the Premier League but he struggled for game-time last season even though Patrick Bamford spent most of the campaign injured.

Robinson is a strong believer that Gelhardt should have played more last season and says that the striker cannot have been too pleased to see players used out of position ahead of him in Bamford’s absence.

“They’re top young talents. They played bit-part roles last year but I think this season, they’ll come into it a bit more and get more game-time,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

From Gelhardt’s point of view, I’d want a guarantee I’m playing more football.

It’s surprising. He must have been given some guarantees he’ll play because last year, when Patrick Bamford was injured, Dan James was used in that false nine position.

Rodrigo was also played there ahead of Gelhardt when, in my opinion, he should have played.

From the player’s point of view, specifically Gelhardt, you’d think he’s had some assurances from the manager that he’s going to feature.

If I was him last year and Rodrigo and James were playing ahead of me, I’d be disappointed.

It’s fantastic that these three young players have been tied down to new contracts and they’re going to be at the club for a long time.

But Gelhardt should want a guarantee of more football.”

Gelhardt played 20 times in the Premier League last season but three-quarters of them saw him come on as a substitute despite his clear game-changing ability.

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