By Sam Stone

22nd Sep, 2022 | 1:51pm

Victor Orta: Willy Gnonto will surprise a few at Leeds United

Victor Orta believes that Willy Gnonto will “surprise” a few people at Leeds United after his deadline day move from FC Zurich.

The Italy international was Leeds’ only deadline day signing as the club missed out on Bamba Dieng and Cody Gakpo.

However, Orta has been overwhelmed by Gnonto and feels that he could be a hit when he bursts onto the scene at Elland Road.

“In the end, we decided on Wilfried Gnonto, who I think is going to surprise,” said Orta [quoted by The Telegraph, 22 September]

“He can play inside, outside, he has already made his debut for the Italian national team and has a mentality that is overwhelming. We have to be very calm, but I think the team will not be short of goals.”

Exciting addition

The 18-year-old is yet to be unleashed in Jesse Marsch’s first eleven but considering he has already featured on the international stage he is clearly a talented player.

The fact that he was signed for a minimal fee means that he was a low-risk signing for the club. There is every chance that he will go on to be a success at Elland Road and an asset for the club in the future.

With Rodrigo out injured and Patrick Bamford’s fitness always a concern, there is every chance that we could see Gnonto thrown into the action when the Premier League returns after the international break.

It appears unlikely that the 18-year-old will feature in the under-21s and after Orta’s comments on the youngster, he could be an exciting option for Marsch to call upon this season.

The Whites have never struggled to create chances since returning to the Premier League, which could see the Italy international thrive if he is given the chance.

Gnonto is currently on international duty with Italy and Leeds under-21s coach Michael Skubala hopes the 18-year-old’s experience on the international stage can help other players in the youth set-up at Elland Road (Yorkshire Evening Post, 20 September).

In other Leeds United news, a Sky Sports pundit has reacted to Gary Neville’s suggestion that the 49ers’ potential ownership at Leeds would be a problem.