By Joe Ellis

28th Sep, 2022 | 10:10am

Ex-Leeds United favourite amazed at 'remarkable' Wilfred Gnonto achievement

Wilfried Gnonto has not yet made his debut for Leeds United but he is already the talk of the town at Elland Road after his Italian achievements.

The 18-year-old earned yet another cap for his country on Monday as he started up front for Roberto Mancini’s side against Hungary in a win that saw them jump to the top of their Nations League group.

Former Leeds United favourite Tony Dorigo has been massively impressed by the teenager’s adaptability to senior football and hopes he can keep that up in Yorkshire too.

“It doesn’t matter what Roberto Mancini’s attacking options are right now, Willy Gnonto starting for Italy at 18 is remarkable,” he said in his Yorkshire Evening Post column.

“He’s the third youngest to get that many caps before his 19th birthday in the history of Italian football, so up against some amazing talents, his name is in there.

“There’s no doubt that he is looking like a player who could make an impact for Jesse Marsch this season in the English top flight, rather than just an exciting signing for the future.”

Into the cauldron

A number of appearance for Italy is surely enough to prove to Marsch that he can handle the Premier League so when Aston Villa come to town on Sunday (2 October), he should be straight into the firing line.

The boss has a tough decision to make with Rodrigo potentially out with his shoulder injury and a subsequent hole in the squad could become available.

Patrick Bamford should be the one to start the game up front having looked very sharp for the Under-21s during this extended time without a senior game but Gnonto could do a job behind the England international.

His problem comes with the form of Jack Harrison and Brenden Aaronson who have both excelled in wide areas and Luis Sinisterra is making a very strong case for a start with three goals for Colombia during the international break.

Not all of them can play, sadly, so someone has to miss out but it would be a shame if the teenager were the one to draw the short straw.

In other Leeds United news, Sinisterra has been lauded by his national team colleagues for his game-changing performance against Mexico last night.