Leeds United has recently witnessed evidence that they were correct to pass on signing the 26-year-old on deadline day.
The Whites’ lone acquisition was Connor Roberts, a right-back they got in on loan from Burnley. Despite this, they were still being linked to adding more alternatives up front.
Prior to Southampton winning the race to recruit David Brooks, Burnley’s Manuel Benson was also being linked to a move to Elland Road.
Benson’s future was a matter of conjecture, so much so that he felt like a real possibility on deadline day when manager Vincent Kompany left him out of his team the day before against Manchester City.
Leeds never acquired the left-footed right-winger in the end, though, and their victory over Plymouth Argyle last night may have simply reinforced their decision.
Daniel Farke was insistent in January that he wanted to keep Gelhardt, despite the fact that he has really struggled for playing time this season. His performance thrilled the Leeds manager.
The 21-year-old was unlucky not to score the winner in added time of normal time after seeing a shot crash off the post. He looked incredibly slick cutting in from the right-side onto his left foot.
It is unlikely that Gelhardt will play a lot in the upcoming months given the number of players that are ahead of him in those three places behind the striker, but there is no denying that he has showed Farke what he is capable of, and Leeds made the correct decision by choosing not to bring in another attacker.