Joe Gelhardt revels in making history after netting against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to become the first teenager to score a Premier League goal for Leeds in 17 YEARS
- Joe Gelhardt has started to catch the eye at Leeds under Marcelo Bielsa recently
- He scored his first Premier League goal for the club against Chelsea on Saturday
- He is the first teenager to score in the top-flight for Leeds since James Milner
Joe Gelhardt will never forget the thrill of his first Premier League goal even if it was eclipsed by a frenzied finale and Chelsea’s late winner.
‘An unbelievable experience,’ Gelhardt told LUTV after coming off the bench in the 82nd minute against the European champions to score an equaliser with his first touch. ‘When I saw it coming in, my eyes lit up and when it went in I almost didn’t know what to do, how to react, but it was a special moment.’
He escaped Thiago Silva to beat Edouard Mendy from a cross by Tyler Roberts and became the first teenager to score in the Premier League for Leeds since an 18-year-old James Milner in 2004.
Joe Gelhardt slides the ball home from close range against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge
He was delighted to get his first Premier League goal, and celebrated in front of the away fans
The only surprise will be if this goal is not followed by many more because Gelhardt is making a real impact this season.
The 19-year-old came off the bench to rattle Wolves at Elland Road in October, winning a penalty to clinch a late point, and made his first start at Tottenham.
At Stamford Bridge on Saturday he appeared set to secure another draw for his team until Jorginho’s penalty won it for Chelsea in the 94th minute.
‘It was unfortunate at the end,’ said Gelhardt. ‘It does take a bit of the edge off it.’
Born in Liverpool, he is a product of the excellent academy at Wigan, where he made his senior debut at 16 before the club went into administration in 2020 forcing them to sell the best of their young talent relatively cheaply, with Leeds swooping for Gelhardt.
Jorginho scored a late winner for Chelsea, but it was still a memorable afternoon for Gelhardt
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