By Anthony Onifade

5th Feb, 2023 | 4:05pm

Sky Sports pundit gushes over first-half performance of Leeds United forward Wilfried Gnonto vs Nottingham Forest

Sky Sports pundit Micah Richards praised Leeds United forward Wilfried Gnonto live on air for his first-half performance against Nottingham Forest, claiming he was the “best player on the pitch”.

The Whites left the field at half-time following a terrific strike from Forest forward Brennan Johnson inside 15 minutes after Leeds failed to clear a set-piece.

Jesse Marsch’s started the game brightly but failed to seriously threaten the Forest defence, apart from the attacking brilliance of Gnonto who troubled Forest full-back Neco Williams for much of the half.

And pundit Richards, speaking live on Sky Sports’ coverage of the game [4 February, 2:56pm] praised the Italian youngster for his “brilliant” performance despite the scoreline.

He said: “I think Leeds have been absolutely excellent, 65% possession, making Forest defend real deep, you see the chances that they’ve created here.

“Gnonto’s been brilliant all game, Sinisterra should be really doing better at this chance.

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“Bamford’s been brilliant but Gnonto’s been the best player on the pitch for me.”

Serious talent

The Whites certainly struggled to make any real mark of their chances during the first half, but it was clear to see the impact Gnonto was having on Marsch’s men as he took the onus upon himself to create goal-scoring opportunities.

This boy is a serious talent. His willingness to constantly take players on and regularly beat them with pace and sheer skill is what makes the Whites a dangerous proposition at times.

If the Whites have any ambitions to climb up the table in the coming weeks, they will need Gnonto fit and firing on all cylinders. However, it will be dangerous for Leeds United to rely solely on his shoulders.

Marsch’s alternative attacking options must all step up to the plate if they are to succeed in their ambitions.

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