By Pranav Shahaney

4th Oct, 2022 | 3:02pm

Leeds United youngster Willy Gnonto likely option off bench v Crystal Palace after Luis Sinisterra suspension

Willy Gnonto could be a likely option to bring off the bench for Leeds United when they take on Crystal Palace at the weekend on Sunday.

According to LeedsLive reporter Beren Cross, Luis Sinisterra’s absence from the game will give the Italy international an even bigger chance of making his debut.

While he is not expecting him to start, the fact that he has jumped ahead of Joe Gelhardt in the pecking order suggests a senior debut may not be too far away.

Cross wrote on LeedsLive, “The Gelhardt exclusion was a one-off talking point yesterday and, ironically, he’ll probably be back in by this weekend with Luis Sinisterra’s suspension.

“The Colombian’s absence will also push Gnonto that little closer to the first XI and make him a likely option from the bench at Crystal Palace. If he can nudge ahead of the club’s best young striker in half a month, his adaptation to Premier League football’s going to be fascinating.”

Ready for Gnonto

Gelhardt is rated highly among the Leeds fans but they will agree that he’s probably not reliable to start every game and is more impactful off the bench.

With Gnonto, the perception is quickly shifting that he may even be ready to make regular starts for Jesse Marsch’s side, given the versatility in his game.

Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo have only recently returned from injuries and there are no guarantees of them staying fit for the course of the season.

Gnonto, who’s proved it for the Italy national team could be ready for this kind of responsibility if either of the two are not in the best of form.

This is a wonderful dilemma for Marsch to have as he can now pick players based on form and not be forced to pick underperforming players because there aren’t any better options out there.

We cannot wait to see the 18-year-old Gnonto thrive in the Premier League and we will be really surprised if he does not come off the bench against Crystal Palace.

In other Leeds United news, an Elland Road-linked midfielder is now certain to leave his club in the coming weeks as a host of Premier League clubs are vying for his services.