Roy Keane details 'big question mark' over Wilfried Gnonto at Leeds United as ITV show footage
Roy Keane admitted live on ITV ahead of the 5-2 Leeds United win over Cardiff City that the “big question mark” over Wilfried Gnonto considering his talent is whether he can get goals and assists.
The Italy international has been a revelation since his move to Elland Road last summer, featuring in seven Premier League games, and registering one goal and an assist.
Following a slow start to his Leeds career, Gnonto is now one of the first names on Jesse Marsch’s teamsheet, and at 19 years old, he certainly holds the capabilities to become one the league’s biggest hits in the future.
And Keane, discussing the player’s role in a goal in the initial tie live on ITV [18 January, 07:27pm] stated that while Gnonto obviously holds the talent, there still remain question marks about his productivity in front of goal.
He said: “He’s obviously got a bit of talent but the big question mark over the next few months for the player is whether he has the end product, particularly goals and assists. He’s a young player and it’s early days for him. Give him a chance to mature.”
Gnonto proved himself to Keane with a two-goal display in the 5-2 win.
It will come
There’s no doubt that the 19-year-old is currently one of the Premier League’s most exciting and rapid young attacking talents. In just seven outings so far, he’s proven why he’s one Marsch’s key players.
Certainly, he’s missed a hateful of chances in front of goal as well as his penchant to hold on to the ball for too long instead of passing to a teammate, but that all comes with his youth.
But his capable of the spectacular as his strike against Cardiff indeed showed, a tremendous scissor-kick strike.
The goals and assists will fly in once he becomes more rooted both in the Leeds setup and in the Premier League. Gnonto is an amazing talent, and he already possesses the tools to improve.
Not just because of his skill and 1v1 dribbling ability but he’s a real grafter, works hard, and is a player who seems willing to learn and improve. Players his age need application and desire to improve and Gnonto possesses it in abundance.
For now, Leeds fans won’t be worried about him not getting goals or assists, they really just want to enjoy his mazy dribbling, silky tricks and constantly taking on even the best defenders in the league.
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