Andrea Radrizzani met up with Leeds United new boy and compatriot Willy Gnonto after Italy defeated England 1-0 in Milan, before sharing photos online.
The teenager came on as a second half substitute on Friday night (23 September) and helped turn the game in his side’s favour to offer arguably the only bright spot for any Whites fans supporting England on the night.
Although a full international he has yet to feature for the United first team since his deadline day arrival on 1 September, with the 5-2 defeat at Brentford two days later the only match played since, although he did feature in the 6-2 under-21s thrashing of Southampton last week (16 September).
Posting on his personal Twitter account on Saturday afternoon alongside photos (24 September) the club chief wrote: “Great meeting Willy and his family in milan. LUFC.”
The sharp cameo role that Gnonto played at San Siro will likely have got fans expectant of the youngster soon adding something to Jesse Marsch’s side.
He was not the senior forward option that everyone was expecting at the close of the transfer window, as the club were forced to bring forward a planned January move as a last resort when numerous other moves fell through in increasingly slapstick fashion.
But at a young age he has now already made five full international appearances and become his national team’s youngest ever scorer, as well as 74 appearances for former side FC Zurich.
With Sonny Perkins also unable to stop scoring for the Premier League 2 side, the speedy development of the pair may end up making the failure to land a ready-made option in attack moot.
Big things are expected of both, but with senior international experience Gnonto is surely primed for a first-team role sooner rather than later, and his appearance in Milan did nothing to dissuade the decision makers from reaching that conclusion.
As a young Italian it surely doesn’t hurt to have that link to the chairman, who is clearly proud to have signed the young sensation.