21-y/o Leeds United talent could be ditched from Daniel Farke’s squad next week after recent update .
Leeds United striker Joe Gelhardt looks to be a fringe player at best for Daniel Farke, and his spot in the squad is under threat with Patrick Bamford nearing a return.
The Whites are heading into another week with a crucial game looming, and Daniel Farke will be hoping that he starts to see more consistency from his side after encouraging signs after the international break.
Injury boosts will be sure to strengthen his squad depth even more in the coming weeks too, after starting the season with a threadbare lineup.
When is Patrick Bamford back?
Patrick Bamford wasn’t quite fit enough to be involved in either of the games this week against Hull and Watford, but Tuesday brought “good news” from Farke on the striker (via @LUFC):
“Good news for Patrick, he joined us back in team training yesterday, the games this week are coming a bit too soon for him. Ethan got a knock, it doesn’t look too bad, it’s improved, let’s see how it develops over the next 24 hours.”
Whether or not he is fit for Southampton away next week remains to be seen, but the signs from Farke are good, given that he has taken part in team training all week.
What does this mean for Joe Gelhardt?
Adding to Leeds’ depth each week is something that will seriously please Farke, but the return of Bamford is a concern for Joe Gelhardt.
The 21-year-old forward featured prominently earlier in the season as the squad remained quite thin, but has seen his influence wane with players returning as well as being signed.
Couple that with his less than convincing appearances here and there, and you perhaps have the member of the bench that looks most expendable to make way for the number nine, or potentially Ian Poveda.
Either way, Gelhardt is unlikely to be getting frequent chances from hereon when Bamford is back up to speed, and he might be looking at Sam Greenwood’s loan move to Middlesbrough with some envy.