Italian newspapers react to Wilfried Gnoto display as Leeds United ace features in Italy win v England
Wilfried Gnotno earned his first Italian cap since signing for Leeds United earlier this month as Roberto Mancini’s side beat England 1-0 in the UEFA Nations League.
Giacomo Raspadori’s 68th-minute goal was enough to earn all three points for Italy and relegate England from Group A in the Nations League.
Gnonto, 18, played for Italy for the fifth time when he came off the bench in the 63rd minute and it seems the youngster impressed the Italian media with his performance.
Gazzetta dello Sport’s player ratings (print edition, 24 September, page six) gave Gnonto 6/10 for his performance and said he applied “constant pressure” on England’s defence and that he has “legs that whirl”.
Corriere dello Sport hail Gnonto for his impact off the bench, saying: “Mancini understands that there is another Italy on the pitch and after an hour of play he tries to give a further shock by inserting Gnonto and Pobega for the exhausted Scamacca and Barella.
“The Leeds striker shows himself immediately with a good idea.”
Corriere dello Sport also said in their print edition (24 September, page two) that Gnonto made Italy breathe, not giving up an inch, with his display off the bench.
Leeds fans can be excited by Gnonto.
Even though Jesse Marsch said he didn’t think the Italian was ready for the Premier League before he joined from FC Zurich on deadline day for £3.8million, he can still play a role this season.
Gnonto can play as a striker or on either wing and Leeds are bound to have an opportunity for him at some point this season whether it’s in the top-flight or in a cup game.
And if the ex-Inter Milan youngster can play five times in a competitive international game for Italy, becoming their youngest-ever goalscorer in the process by netting versus Germany, he’s probably good enough for Leeds.
We doubt Gnonto will displace Patrick Bamford from Marsch’s side any time soon while there’s a lot of competition from fellow youngsters in Joe Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood, Sonny Perkins and Crysencio Summerville in the positions he plays in.
But for an Italian record-breaker who’s been doing very well in Europe, £3.8million is a steal for this talent.
We’re looking forward to seeing how he gets on at Elland Road.
In other Leeds United news, Victor Orta has a replacement lined up for one of Leeds’ star players amid a $43million development.