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Paul Robinson has been raving about Wilfried Gnonto after the Leeds United forward shone yet again in the FA Cup replay win over Cardiff City on Wednesday night.
Gnonto, 19, scored twice in the first half as Leeds won 5-2 and set up a fourth-round clash against either Accrington Stanley or Boreham Wood.
The Italy international’s first goal will surely go down as one of the greatest ever at Leeds as he volleyed a scissor kick into the net within seconds of the game kicking off.
Gnonto’s form has been spell-binding since the World Cup break ended and Robinson questions why Jesse Marsch waited so long to start playing the summer signing from FC Zurich.
“I’ve said it a long time: I’m just amazed it’s taken Marsch longer than it took Roberto Mancini to realise that Gnonto is a player,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News. “He’s played in the Italy national team for a long time before he played for Leeds.
“He’s a top player and he should be playing week in, week out for Leeds.
“He’s very direct, he’s forward-thinking, he scores goals and he creates goals. With the way Leeds play at the moment and the manager sets them up, they’re very narrow so they need players who give them width.
“Gnonto’s also a player that excites fans and Leeds haven’t had that for a long time. He’s more than capable of creating and scoring goals.
“We saw his first goal against West Ham, it was fantastic.”
Gnonto played just four times in all competitions for Leeds before the World Cup.
Since then, he’s started every game in both the Premier League and the FA Cup.
In total, the Italian has three goals and one assist for Leeds in 10 appearances.