Leeds United should have sent Joe Gelhardt on loan this season so he can gain valuable first-team experience.
This is according to former white shooter Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football initiate about the 19-year-old center-forward.
The Athletic wrote on Oct. 29 that Stoke City and Preston North End were interested in a loan deal for the youngster over the summer.
But it is reported that Leeds did not hesitate to push back interest in the pair as they were keen to keep their development in-house.
Gelhardt signed for Leeds in August 2020 and made his debut 13 months later as a second-half substitute in a League Cup win over Fulham.
He played three more times for the senior team and won a late penalty kick on his home debut in the 1-1 draw against Wolves on October 23.
But Kenny argues he would have been better off looking for more consistent playing time at the second tier.
“For me you can’t beat playing games,” he said Football initiate correspondent Adam Williams.
“He’s a 19-year-old kid. In reality, he won’t get many games for Leeds this season.
“I find it strange that they don’t let him go on loan. Playing competitive football week after week will be better in the long run.
“The only thing I can think of is if they expect someone else to come and replace him in January.
“Otherwise, I honestly think they could have made a big mistake on this one.”
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