Leeds United news as Paul Robinson praises Leo Hjelde, Jack Harrison makes Marcelo Bielsa claim

By Kieran King

Here are your Leeds United morning headlines on Tuesday, January 11.

Robinson praises Hjelde

Former Leeds United goalkeeper Paul Robinson has praised Leo Hjelde's performance after he made his Whites debut in the 2-0 FA Cup third-round defeat at West Ham United.

The 18-year-old joined the club from Celtic in the summer and has impressed for the Under 23s, making 16 appearances across the season in the Premier League 2 and the Papa John's Trophy.

His form for Mark Jackson's side earned him a first senior appearance for the Whites and Robinson believes the Norweigan international did well.

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"Hjelde played well," Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

"The goal was quite clearly offside, I can’t see how they came to that decision but the side that they put out, I’m not surprised they lost.

"They’re out of the FA Cup and their focus has got to be getting players back [from injury] and staying in the league.

"Hjelde did really well though. He came off with 10 minutes left.

"He was brilliant and handled himself really well.

"It was a difficult game but you’ve got to give credit to Hjelde because he didn’t look out of place. It was a very good start for him."

Harrison makes Bielsa claim

Leeds United winger Jack Harrison has admitted that Marcelo Bielsa can be an intimidating character around the training ground if you aren't regularly around him.

The 24-year-old joined the Whites on a permanent deal in the summer after spending the last two seasons on loan from Manchester City, where he chipped in with eight goals and eight assists.

Although Harrison hasn't reached the same level this season, he scored his first Premier League goal of the campaign in Leeds' 3-1 win over Burnley last weekend and he will be looking to build on that heading into the clash with West Ham United on Saturday.

Despite his lack of form, Bielsa has stuck with Harrison and is giving him the chance to show his ability and the former New York City man has been speaking about his manager.

"I think if you are not around him like the players are, then he can definitely be an intimidating character," Harrison told Sky Sports' Soccer AM.

"He says hello to everyone when he walks in and he gives a small wave. But that’s about it. You won’t hear much else from him."

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Gelhardt nominated for Under 23s award

Leeds United striker Joe Gelhardt has been involved in four Premier League goals already this season, winning two penalties, registering one assist and scoring one goal.

However, it will be some time yet before he is picking up nominations for Player of the Month awards in England's top flight.

At youth level, though, Gelhardt has performed superbly since joining Leeds from Wigan Athletic in the summer of 2020, and has more recently been nominated for Player of the Month in Premier League 2.

Progress over the past couple of months has firmly implanted him within Marcelo Bielsa's first-team squad at Elland Road, as one of four striking options alongside Patrick Bamford, Tyler Roberts and Rodrigo Moreno.

This has understandably limited his exposure to U23 football with Leeds' development squad, who compete in the top division of England's premium youth league - PL 2.

Gelhardt has been nominated for December's PL2 Player of the Month award, despite playing only 45 minutes of U23 football during the final month of 2021.

The 19-year-old has scored seven goals in nine appearances at PL2 level this season, his last coming over a month ago against Leicester City U23s.

Gelhardt was substituted at the break in that fixture on December 3, 2021, and took no further part in Leeds' U23 fixtures for the year.


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