Jesse Marsch says there have been “internal discussions” over the possibility of Joe Gelhardt leaving Leeds United on loan this month – after the club completed a club-record deal for Georginio Rutter from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim.

Leeds have brought in Rutter to an attack that is now somewhat sizable. Rodrigo is first choice, while Willy Gnonto is probably one of the first names on the team sheet right now. Jack Harrison and Brenden Aaronson started at Villa.

With Bamford back and Rutter in, Gelhardt may be considered fourth-choice striker in a system that only uses one up top. So, Gelhardt could be allowed to leave on loan. The Athletic say Swansea and other Championship clubs are keen.

Marsch spoke in his latest press conference and was asked about the possibility of Gelhardt leaving the club on loan. He said that there had been some talks about the £16,500-a-week star’s future – but he will play against Cardiff.

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“There have been some internal discussions. We will make decisions in the next coming weeks. In general, his attitude has been great. Everyone is open to different possibilities. He will be ready to go against Cardiff,” Marsch said.

Marsch: Internal discussions over Gelhardt leaving Leeds on loan

Gelhardt is a real, real talent. But if he is to turn his potential into first-team quality, he needs to go out on loan and show that. A move to a Championship club like Swansea would help him do that – and return a better player next term.

He is not going to learn any more this season with Rutter and Bamford ahead of him. Leeds can then review the issue in the summer, perhaps Bamford’s future being in doubt given the enormity of his injuries over the past two seasons.

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