Leeds U23s pick up eleventh win in twelve games
16 Mar 2021 08:50 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Tuesday 16th March, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Gelhardt stars in U23's win
Leeds U23's picked up their 11th win in twelve games at Thorp Arch yesterday as Mark Jackson's youngsters went 13 points clear in Premier 2 league. Gelhardt opened the scoring from the penalty spot after being upended half way through the second half. Charlie Cresswell doubled Leeds advantage before half time heading past the bar codes static keeper from a well executed corner.
Newcastle narrowed the advantage in the second half, but Leeds win never looked in doubt. After the game, former Leeds left back, now pundit Ben White spoke of his admiration for Leeds forward Joe Gelhardt.
Joe Gelhardt’s been the standout. Head and shoulders the best player for me today. Just everything about his game, the way he gets involved, the little touches.
But then, he’s not afraid to mix it up physically because look at the size of him, in terms of stature: he’s not very tall, he’s not very big, but the strength. He just loves playing football. You can tell he just loves his game at the moment. He’s been a massive positive.
Is the 18yo ready for the first team?
Orta keen on Dutch ace
Victor Orta is keeping very close tabs on Crystal Palace attacking left back Patrick Van Aanholt. The 30 yo is in his final three months of his contract at Selhurst Park, and can leave for nothing.
The Dutch International signed for the South London outfit in the 2017 January transfer window from Sunderland for 14m. Since then, the former PSV / Chelsea youth player has made 121 appearances for the Eagles, netting 13 times. The emergence of Tyrick Mitchell has seen Aanholt in and out of the starting line up this season. The experience that Van Aanholt could bring to the Leeds side could be invaluable. He certainly is a step up for Alioski, who is due to sign a pre-contract with Galatasaray shortly.
Swedish International on Leeds radar
German media outlet 'Kicker' claim that Werder Bremen defender Ludwig Augustinsson could be heading to Elland Road this Summer. Just like Van Aanholt, Augustinsson is out of contract this Summer. Bremen are keen to get a cut price deal agreed rather than lose one of their biggest assets for nothing.
Leeds were interested in signing the 26yo before Covid. Since then, they put their plans on hold. Now that the rules are being relaxed, Leeds have reignited their interest in the Swede. Augustinsson has won 30 caps for Sweden. He is a specialist free kick and corner taker.