Joe Gelhardt

Joseph Paul Gelhardt (born 4 May 2002) is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League side Leeds United and represents England U18s.[3]

Joe Gelhardt
Personal information
Full name Joseph Paul Gelhardt[1]
Date of birth (2002-05-04) 4 May 2002 (age 19)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.76 m)[2]
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Leeds United
Number 30
Youth career
2013–2018 Wigan Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018–2020 Wigan Athletic 19 (1)
2020– Leeds United 0 (0)
National team
2018 England U16 6 (3)
2018–2019 England U17 15 (12)
2019– England U18 6 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:35, 10 August 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 07:40, 16 October 2019 (UTC)

Club career

Wigan Athletic

Born in Liverpool, Gelhardt grew up in Netherton, Merseyside, where he attended Chesterfield High School.[4] He joined Wigan Athletic at the age of ten in 2013, progressing through the youth teams before being offered a scholarship deal in 2017.[5] He made his professional debut for Wigan Athletic on 14 August 2018, appearing as a substitute against Rotherham United in the first round of the EFL Cup.[6]

On 24 August 2018, he signed his first professional contract with the club.[6] He made his League debut on 27 April 2019, appearing as a half-time substitute against Birmingham City. On 14 September 2019, he scored his first senior goal for the club in a 2–2 draw against Hull City.[7]

Gelhardt made 19 appearances in all competitions with 18 coming in the EFL Championship during the 2019–20 season, as Wigan were relegated from the Championship after a 12 point penalty saw them drop into the relegation places.[8][9]

Leeds United

On 10 August 2020, he signed a four-year contract with Premier League side Leeds United.[9]

International career

Gelhardt scored for the England under-16 team in a 3–3 draw against Brazil at the 2018 Montaigu Tournament.[10]

In September 2018, Gelhardt scored twice for the England under-17 team against Norway[11] and also came off the bench to score against Belgium.[11] The following month saw him score against the United States[12] and twice in a game against Russia.[13] In March 2019, Gelhardt scored in a 3–2 win against Denmark that confirmed qualification for the 2019 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.[14] In April 2019, Gelhardt was included in the England squad for the 2019 U17 EURO[15] and scored in a 3–1 victory over Sweden under-17s as the Young Lions bowed out of the competition at the group stage.[16]

Gelhardt made his U18 debut as a 79th minute substitute during the 3–2 win over Australia at Leicester Road F.C. on 6 September 2019.[17] On 2 October 2020, Gelhardt was named in the England U19 squad.[18]

Style of play

Gelhardt is left footed and plays mainly as a striker; he can also play as a second striker, wide forward or as a attacking midfielder.[19] He is known for his dribbling, power and build-up play; his style has been compared to that of Wayne Rooney.[20][21]

Career statistics

As of match played 22 July 2020
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Wigan Athletic 2018–19[22] Championship 1000100020
2019–20[23] Championship 181100000191
Total 191101000211
Leeds United 2020–21[24] Premier League 0000000000
Career total 191101000211


  1. "Club list of registered players: As at 19th May 2019" (PDF). English Football League. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  2. "Joe Gelhardt". Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  3. Joe Gelhardt at Soccerway
  4. Johnson, Tim (17 August 2016). "Chesterfield High pupil Joe caps off magnificent season with Three Lions call-up". Visiter. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  5. "10 Youngsters Offered Scholarships For Next Season". Wigan Athletic. 21 December 2017. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  6. "Joe Gelhardt commits long-term future to Wigan Athletic". Wigan Athletic. 24 August 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  7. "Teenager Gelhardt earns Wigan point at Hull". BBC Sport. 14 September 2019. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  8. "Joe Gelhardt: Leeds United in advanced talks over Wigan Athletic striker". BBC Sport. 9 August 2020. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  9. Urquhart, Joe (10 August 2020). "Leeds land signature of highly-rated Wigan youngster on a four-year deal". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  10. "Gelhardt scores twice as England finish third in Montaigu Tournament". Wigan Athletic. 5 April 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  11. "Wigan Athletic duo help England U17 to win the 2018 Syrenka Cup in Poland". Wigan Athletic. 11 September 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  12. "Young Lions stage second-half comeback in Chester to beat USA in tournament opener". The Football Association. 12 October 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  13. "Joseph Gelhardt hits brace as England U17s beat Russia in Shrewsbury". The Football Association. 14 October 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  14. "Drama in Denmark as young Lions' late winner seals top spot in Euro qualifying". The Football Association. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  15. "Young Lions squad head for UEFA U17 EURO Finals in the Republic of Ireland this month". The Football Association. 2 April 2019. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  16. "YOUNG LIONS WIN FINAL GROUP GAME OF U17 EUROS, BUT MISS OUT ON A QUARTER FINAL SPOT". The Football Association. 9 May 2019. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  17. "ALEX MIGHTEN BLASTS HAT-TRICK TO FIRE ENGLAND U18S TO VICTORY OVER AUSTRALIA". The Football Association. 6 September 2019. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  18. "Leeds United trio selected for England under-19s squad amidst raft of international calls". Yorkshire Evening Post. 2 October 2020. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  19. "Who is Joe Gelhardt? The Wigan striker that Leeds want to sign ahead of Liverpool and Chelsea". BBC Sport. 21 July 2020. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  20. "Wigan turn to young forward dubbed 'new Wayne Rooney' against Middlesbrough". Teesside Live. 21 July 2020. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  21. "Everton interested in signing Wigan striker Joe Gelhardt dubbed 'next Wayne Rooney'". Talksport. 9 February 2020. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  22. "Games played by Joe Gelhardt in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  23. "Games played by Joe Gelhardt in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  24. "Games played by Joe Gelhardt in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 August 2020.