By Daniel Lewis

18th Nov, 2023 | 4:10pm

Daniel Farke hand may have been forced by Wilfried Gnonto ahead of Rotherham United v Leeds United

Wilfried Gnonto has struggled to get into the favoured starting line-up of Leeds United boss Daniel Farke in recent weeks, but that may soon be about to change.

Farke has settled on Crysencio Summerville on the left, Daniel James on the right and Joel Piroe in a number 10 position in his preferred XI.

On the basis of results over the past six weeks, in which United have won seven of their nine Championship games, Farke’s selection cannot be questioned.

That means Gnonto could not really complain about having to settle for cameo appearances from the substitutes’ bench since returning from an injury lay-off.

Gnonto has played just 42 minutes of Leeds’ past three games, coming on for James once and Summerville twice.

However, having dropped down to the Under-21s side, the 20-year-old had a stormer for Italy in their 7-0 win over their San Marino counterparts.

The Italian ace scored twice in the first half and was an all-round nuisance as the Azzurri ran riot in the Euro U21 qualifier at San Marino Stadium.

Italian outlet OA Calcio [16 November] labelled Gnonto “the best on the pitch without a doubt” in a “performance worth remembering”.

Gnonto did limp off in the second half, but Leeds will hope that was purely a precautionary decision made by Italy boss Carmine Nunziata.

Even if Gnonto does not play against Republic of Ireland next Tuesday (21 November), he has a week to rest up before Leeds’ next game.

And it may well be that Farke, on the basis of this performance, restores the youngster to the starting line-up against Rotherham United.

It must be remembered that Leeds valued Gnonto in excess of £25million in the summer [Sky Sports], and it is now time to properly unleash him once again.

In other Leeds United news, a journalist has slammed an “incredibly frustrating” situation regarding a player who left Elland Road in the summer.