By Joe Ellis

8th Sep, 2022 | 2:22pm

Leeds United: Swiss football expert spills beans on Wilfried Gnonto

Leeds United left it late on transfer deadline day to finally bring in a new striker as Italian international Wilfried Gnonto arrived at Thorp Arch.

The 18-year-old joined the Whites from FC Zurich but was initially due to make the move in January before failed attempts to sign Cody Gakpo and Bamba Dieng saw the deal fast-tracked.

Swiss football expert Craig King is excited to see Gnonto strut his stuff in the Premier League and has explained what Leeds fans can expect from their newest recruit.

“He’s quick, a very determined individual, good dribbler of the ball and has a decent eye for goal,” he said to Leeds Live. “At age eighteen, he has so much potential at this stage of his career and will only get better.

“He is quite versatile too, he was deployed in quite a few positions at Zurich, including as a centre forward or out wide, but he does like to drift onto the left wing and dribble at the full-back.

“He also likes to cross the ball in often, both high and low. His low crosses across the face led to quite a few goals in Switzerland.

“His departure seemed inevitable and is a blow that will be felt by the FCZ fans, he had really turned into a favourite player for the club, and again, a huge testament to how he performed at just age eighteen.”


Gnonto was not the player any Leeds United fan expected to turn up at Elland Road upon the transfer market closing but Victor Orta’s delirious deadline day caused it to happen.

Being such a tender age, he will be feeling the pressure when he makes his debut for the club, whenever it may be, so supporters will have to be very patient with him as he adjusts to a new country and much more intense league than the Swiss top flight.

He won’t turn up to the Premier League and start scoring freely from the off like Erling Haaland has done at Manchester City but having already played for Italy on more than one occasion, he could well get there.

But one for the future was not what Orta was ordered to sign as the transfer window died down, Jesse Marsch needed someone for right now with Patrick Bamford highly injury prone and Rodrigo also out with a shoulder problem.

In other Leeds United news, Marsch should be recalling this loanee to LS11 in January after yet another match-winning performance in the Football League.