Tottenham have been eager admirers of striker Joe Gelhardt and got here near signing him earlier than Leeds United did, a switch insider has revealed.
Gelhardt put in a powerful shift for the Whites in opposition to Spurs on the weekend. It was his first begin within the Premier League however he handled the event nicely. In reality, he accomplished probably the most dribbles of any participant on the pitch.
He now has three top-flight appearances to his identify. Alternatives for the 19-year-old have come about as a consequence of a number of accidents within the Leeds squad.
It may have been the opposite staff he was enjoying for on Sunday, although. John Wenham has disclosed that Tottenham “closely watched” Gelhardt when he was with Wigan.
“I used to be actually impressed with Gelhardt,” he told Football Insider. “Leeds picked him up from Wigan.
“And I do know he’s somebody who Tottenham closely watched. He was in the identical youth set-up staff as Alfie Devine after we picked him up.
“It was annoying we couldn’t get him as a result of he appeared Premier League prepared in opposition to us.
“I believe he’ll save Leeds some huge cash within the long-term. He seems to be like he’ll go on to be a prime striker. He put a few of our gamers to disgrace in that disappointing first half.
“I assumed he was wonderful contemplating it was solely his third Premier League look.”
Geldhart was a part of a powerful Wigan academy which was picked aside when the now League One aspect entered administration.
Since shifting to Leeds, he has scored 17 objectives in 26 appearances for his or her under-23 aspect.
That kind prompted Marcelo Bielsa to contain him within the first staff image. He received a penalty in opposition to Wolves final month to assist rescue a draw.
Spurs have defender lined up
In the meantime, Tottenham are reportedly making a January beeline for the signing of an unknown defender to spice up Antonio Conte’s backline ranks.
Spurs have been already in want of centre-back additions earlier than Conte got here in. However the Italian supervisor’s favoured 3-5-2 formation means there may be now pressing consideration being directed in the direction of the place.
The north London membership must deliver a brand new physique in come the winter switch window to present their new boss an opportunity of success this season.
And their search has led them again to a former goal who they laid eyes on in January of this yr…