Leeds United striker Joe Gelhardt has revealed how Patrick Bamford and Diogo Jota are inspiring him to become a better goalscorer.
The 20-year-old has burst onto the Premier League scene at Elland Road following his 2020 transfer from Wigan. The Liverpool-born talent also played for the Reds and Everton as a youngster but was released by both.
Nevertheless, current Leeds boss Jesse Marsch has followed his predecessor’s remit of throwing young players straight into the first-team mix.
And Gelhardt impressed last season with two Premier League goals and four assists.
He has yet to get on the scoresheet this term, but the England Under-21 hopeful has revealed how team-mate Bamford and Liverpool star Jota are inspiring him to improve.
“Patrick Bamford always gets on to me and helps me as well,” Gelhardt told Sky Sports. “He’s like a mentor. He always speaks to me about where I should be or how I can score more goals. He’s older than me and he’s got a lot more experience, so anything he tells me, I’m going to listen.
“At the end of last season, when he was injured, he would even get clips from some of my games to show me where I could be more dangerous and what I could do differently.
“He also showed me clips from other strikers in the Prem. I remember he showed me a goal from [Liverpool’s] Diogo Jota, a header inside the box. He scores so many headers, it’s ridiculous. Pat just told me, ‘If you stay between the sticks, you’re going to score goals.'”
Gelhardt happy with Leeds progression
Leeds are trying to stabilise themselves again this season after a rough ride in the past few months.
They survived in the Premier League by the skin of their teeth last season on the final day.
Furthermore, they lost star duo Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha to Manchester City and Barcelona, respectively.
Marsch subsequently made a raft of summer signings, with Luis Sinisterra and Brenden Aaronson particularly impressing.
Gelhardt said of the American manager: “Jesse tries to improve every aspect of your game. He gives you ideas.
“I try to stick to them and, most of the time, they work. One example is staying in the box. He wants me to be there because that’s where I’m going to get goals.
“I’m an attacker, so I want to score, assist and create chances to try to help the team win games and get results. Whenever I step on the pitch, that is my main objective.”
Goalscorer made a solid choice
Gelhardt is definitely at one of the best Premier League clubs if he wants to cut his teeth in the top flight.
Leeds have an excellent reputation for developing and nurturing youth talent, both from the academy and signed from elsewhere.
As well as Gelhardt, Crysencio Summerville and Sam Greenwood are further examples of exciting Leeds prospects.
As for the former, he has only had a bit-part role this campaign at Leeds. Indeed, Gelhardt has only started one Premier League match and made a substitute appearance in four others.
However, there is no doubt he will soon become a massive part of the club. Leeds have not had the best injury record in the past couple of seasons, so that – and his form – will surely help Gelhardt along.