By Azeem Siddiqui

13th Sep, 2022 | 6:40am

Leeds United to give Wilfried Gnonto time before unleashing him – Dean Jones

Leeds United will give time to newly-signed striker Wilfried Gnonto to adapt to the Premier League, according to journalist Dean Jones.

The 18-year-old joined the Whites on the deadline day from FC Zürich in a deal worth £3.8 million [Daily Mail].

Jones, while talking to Give Me Sport, suggested that despite a lengthy injury layoff of star striker Rodrigo, Leeds are likely to stick to their plan of giving time to the Italy international.  

“He was really seen as a player that would be given time to adapt,” he said. “There’s no panic for him to break through in a matter of weeks.

“I was told when they signed him that he would be carefully managed so that when he comes into the team and onto the scene, he could make an impact. So I think they’re going to be a little bit cautious about how they use him.”

Good option

Leeds entered the transfer window hoping to sign a lot of players to bolster a number of areas on the pitch and in all fairness, they managed to do that.

However, one area where they failed to strengthen like they wanted to was the striker’s department where there was an overreliance on Patrick Bamford who himself struggled with a number of injuries in the recent past.

When the season started, the form of Rodrigo was another reason why Leeds did not really push in a search for a striker but with an injury to him, Jesse Marsch must be looking for more options and Gnonto will be a good one to have.

The Italy international is famous for his pace and can trouble the defensive units of the opposition. He scored 10 goals and provided five assists in 36 matches across all competitions for the club in the previous campaign, not a bad return for someone who is just 18 years old [Transfermarkt].

With the numerous postponements though, Leeds don’t play against until October and Rodrigo is likely to be back available when the time comes.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have reached an agreement to sign a left-back, according to his agent.