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Video: After brilliant U23 team goal, Gelhardt impact vs Wolves proves young guns are ready to step up for Leeds

Video: After brilliant U23 team goal, Gelhardt impact vs Wolves proves young guns are ready to step up for Leeds

 

Amid a troubling start to the season, the last 24 hours have seen the latest batch of up-and-coming talent at Leeds United provide a glimmer of hope to the club’s fanbase.

Rodrigo secures a point

Marcelo Bielsa’s men were of course back in action earlier this afternoon.

The Whites, fresh off a damaging defeat at the hands of fellow relegation battlers Southampton, welcomed Wolves to Elland Road, eyeing a long overdue return to form.

And though, when all was said and done, Leeds failed to bag all three points, a share of the spoils provided reason for optimism.

Visitors Wolves opened the game’s scoring through summer arrival Hwang Hee-chan early on, setting the stage for what looked set to prove another damaging day’s work for Bielsa and co.

Leeds, however, soon gathered themselves, showcasing impressive team spirit to eventually level things up in thoroughly deserved fashion deep into injury time, courtesy of a Rodrigo spot-kick:

Youngsters step up

In truth, though, it was not the likes of goalscorer Rodrigo or the senior members of Bielsa’s squad who truly turned the tide in west Yorkshire on Saturday.

Instead, such responsibility was taken on by the club’s young stars.

After Raphinha was forced to depart the fray with an ankle injury, and with the likes of Patrick Bamford and Kalvin Phillips already out of action, Leeds were forced to dig deep into the club’s ranks, to add some much-needed emphasis to proceedings.

And this is precisely what was forthcoming upon the 2nd-half introductions of Crysencio Summerville and Joe Gelhardt.

Whilst the Whites had long been on top in the clash, the U23 pair, owing to directness, intent and sheer fearlessness, proved the deciding factor in finally breaking down a stubborn Wolves backline.

It was prolific youth hitman Gelhardt who produced the moment of magic leading to a last-gasp penalty, skipping beyond a pair of defenders with quick feet and a surge of acceleration to force Nelson Semedo into a costly mistake.

Amid a tumultuous 2nd season back in the top-flight of English football, Leeds’ academy products stepping up to the plate could not have come at a better moment.

The Peacocks faithful have been forced to endure a series of torrid performances to this point in 2021/22, and were finally handed a reason to smile, something to build on in a sense, on Saturday afternoon.

From here, though, Bielsa must act.

Gelhardt, in just half an hour against Wolves, looked more of a threat than Tyler Roberts has across the entire campaign to date. The young striker has earned first-team minutes, and should be afforded as much whilst Patrick Bamford remains out of action.

Video: After brilliant U23 team goal, Gelhardt impact vs Wolves proves young guns are ready to step up for Leeds

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 27: Patrick Bamford of Leeds United celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Leeds United at Bramall Lane on September 27, 2020 in Sheffield, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Elsewhere on the Leeds front this weekend, it would be remiss not to also give a shoutout to the club’s U23s.

Despite the absence of their two star men, Mark Jackson’s side secured a share of the spoils in a Premier League 2 meeting with Brighton & Hove Albion on Friday night.

Their solitary goal of the clash, meanwhile, came in altogether impressive fashion, as a wonderful team move eventually culminated in Joseph Snowdon lashing home from outside the area:

Further reason for those of a Whites persuasion to remain positive in the face of adversity..

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This article was edited by Ben Browning.

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Leeds vs Brentford Full time result
Leeds
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Draw
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Patrick Bamford11/5 11/5 13/10
Moreno Rodrigo10/3 10/3 2/1
Joe Gelhardt7/2 7/2 2/1
Raphael Raphinha7/2 7/2 2/1

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table

# Team MP D P

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 6
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 6
Raphinha Leeds United 6
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 5
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 5
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 5
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 5
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 5
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5
James, Reece Chelsea FC 4
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 4