It is said that Daniel Farke wants to make sure that nobody, not even bench players, leaves Leeds United during the January transfer window.
Although it might not be the best move, Farke wants to keep the whole team together as Leeds looks to push for automatic promotion in the second half of the season.
Prior to the window reopening, Leeds has several players who have not even been able to see the bench lately and who are already drawing interest on loan.
Among them is Joe Gelhardt, who hasn’t played a single minute since making the briefest of cameos during the team’s 3-0 victory over Millwall in September.
Several teams are rumored to be interested in signing him on loan, including Hull City and Huddersfield Town. After a challenging few months, a move to one of those teams might be just what his career needs.
Gelhardt’s career is being wasted by Leeds.
Gelhardt isn’t getting a look-in at the moment because there are a lot of players in form who are ahead of him for a spot in Leeds’ front four.
Sadly, the 21-year-old simply isn’t on the same level as any of those players, so it makes little sense to keep him idle at Elland Road for the remainder of the campaign.
Carabao Cup First Round: Leeds United vs. Shrewsbury Town; image courtesy of Richard Sellers/Sportsphoto/Allstar
Without consistent playing time, Gelhardt will never become the player he once claimed to be two years ago. At Leeds, he has never had a consistent streak of starts.
It seems unlikely that Gelhardt will stay at Leeds for the long run, regardless of what happens this season, so a permanent sale in the summer seems likely.
Leeds should go back to finding his form on loan somewhere else, as that is the only way they could bring in a fee that reflects the potential he once had. Additionally, it might make room for a legitimate number 10 to enter.