By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

15th Jan, 2023 | 2:40pm

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We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…

Paul Robinson is a massive fan of Wilfried Gnonto but he’s urged the Leeds United talent to cut diving out of his game as soon as possible.

Gnonto, 19, has burst onto the scene at Elland Road this season, winning over the hearts of Leeds fans with a series of top displays since the World Cup break ended.

The young Italy international has gained a reputation for being somewhat of a magnet for fouls. However that’s led to some issues.

There have been occasions where the ex-Zurich ace has gone down too easily and in the 2-2 FA Cup draw with Cardiff last week, he was booked for diving.

Robinson wants Gnonto to stop with the simulation because if he continues to get himself a reputation, he’ll be less effective at winning fouls in and around the penalty area.

“It’s a part of his game he needs to get rid of,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

He’s excellent. Roberto Mancini had him in the Italian side before Jesse Marsch had him in the Leeds side.

In the last few games, especially against West Ham, he was the best attacking threat Leeds had.

He’s very direct, very forward-thinking, always taking on players and took his goal brilliantly.

There’s no need for him to be diving – you don’t need to be labelled with that tag.

On a different level to him, you look at Mo Salah who gets that criticism and all of a sudden, you stop winning free-kicks and penalties.

Gnonto needs to take that out of his game sharpish because the rest of his game is top-drawer.”

Since joining Leeds from Zurich on deadline day in the summer, Gnonto has made nine senior appearances and scored one goal, which came against West Ham in the Premier League on 4 January.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are now seeking their third signing of the month with a European contract rebel in their sights.