Sky Sports pundit baffled by Wilfried Gnonto situation at Leeds United, 'I just don't get it'
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Paul Robinson can’t understand why Wilfried Gnonto is a regular for Italy but is yet to cement his place in the Leeds United senior side.
Leeds signed Gnonto, 18, from FC Zurich on transfer deadline day in the summer for £3.8million but he’s been used sparingly since by Jesse Marsch, playing just four times in all competitions.
His first three Premier League appearances for the Whites came in the three games leading up to the World Cup break and he’s since been a prominent feature in Marsch’s squad for friendly matches.
Gnonto has arguably been Leeds’ best player in their matches in the last couple of weeks and Robinson now wants to see more of the record-breaking Italy international.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “I can’t understand why Roberto Mancini thinks so highly of him that he plays for the Italy national team but he struggles to get a game for Leeds.
“If he plays in that area, he can cause problems. I’ve seen him internationally when I’ve done commentary and I’ve seen him play for Italy.
“I’m surprised at how much more he’s been used and utilised for Italy than with Leeds. He’s got a lot to offer and he can offer another option.
“I’d like to see him getting a lot more games and a lot more game-time before the end of the season.
“I just don’t get it. Mancini starts him in games and he plays well and when he brings him off the bench, he makes an impact as a substitute. And when he’s played for Leeds, he’s come on, caused problems and created goals.”
Gnonto was one of Leeds’ best players on Wednesday night (21 December) when they lost 4-2 to Monaco at Elland Road with the Italian winning a late penalty that was scored by Joe Gelhardt.
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