Calls mount for change in Leeds’ frontline after crucial Burnley win


Calls mount for change in Leeds’ frontline after crucial Burnley win

 

The Leeds United faithful have flooded to social media on Sunday, to send a message to manager Marcelo Bielsa over attacking pair Joe Gelhardt and Tyler Roberts.

James amongst the goals

Bielsa, of course, guided his side back into action a short time ago.

On the back of a trio of successive defeats over the last couple of weeks, the Peacocks welcomed Sean Dyche’s Burnley to Elland Road, for a Premier League clash.

The matchup marked a crucial one in the battle against the drop in the English top-flight, with the two sides, ahead of kick-off, having been separated by just five points.

When all was said and done on Sunday, though, it was Leeds who made clear their superiority, to take a significant step towards survival.

After Maxwel Cornet’s free-kick cancelled out Jack Harrison’s opener early in the 2nd-half, late strikes on the part of both Stuart Dallas and substitute Dan James assured that it was the hosts who emerged with all three points, courtesy of a 3-1 triumph.

‘Gelhardt over Roberts!’

Upon the final whistle sounding at Elland Road on Sunday, though, it was not the name of James, but instead another substitute, which found itself on the lips of many a Leeds United supporter.

The player in question? Joe Gelhardt.

Gifted starlet Gelhardt was afforded his latest appearance by Marcelo Bielsa this afternoon, with the 19-year-old having taken full advantage of the opportunity courtesy of a starring performance off the bench.

Adding such much-needed impetus to an at times static frontline, Gelhardt even managed to chip in with the assist for James’ 3rd, courtesy of a sumptuous floated delivery into the Burnley area.

In turn, calls have begun to mount for the English youth international to be rewarded with a more regular starting berth moving forward, at the expense of the oft-maligned Tyler Roberts:

 

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