By Joe Ellis

9th Sep, 2022 | 6:10am

Wilfried Gnonto can't wait to play for 'incredible' Leeds United

The signing of Wilfried Gnonto brought an end to a hectic transfer deadline day for Leeds United and the lack of strikers at Elland Road.

The 18-year-old was a very last-minute purchase after failed attempts to bring Cody Gakpo and Bamba Dieng to Yorkshire but a deal was already in place for January.

That move had to be brought forward and the Italian international can not wait to get started at his new club after a frantic few days in his young life.

“I think this is a great club and I can’t wait to see all the fans and be at Elland Road hopefully soon,” he said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post. “(Watching) at home it was always incredible.

“I’ve not been inside Elland Road yet but my parents went and it was just incredible. They showed me all the videos and they were also buzzing to be here.

“Finally I’m here and I cannot wait to see them soon. Of course, I was very proud and my family too because Leeds United is an incredible club with a great history.

“Playing in the Premier League is something that I wanted, something that drove me to work even more and I can’t wait to see all the fans, I can’t wait to play and help the team.”

Exciting times

Jesse Marsch could quite easily play two of the Premier League’s most exciting young strikers together if he so wished and not many clubs can boast that possibility.

Along with Joe Gelhardt, Gnonto could very quickly become a fan favourite at Elland Road if he starts to find the net in a similar regularity to that of Patrick Bamford upon Leeds’ promotion to the top flight.

He was the lynchpin to everything good that happened in attack that season but injuries have struck him down a long way now which has forced Victor Orta into action.

It might be a bit too soon to be changing the formation entirely just to get these two starlets playing together but it is refreshing to know that he can turn to the fearless duo if he needs to.

Bamford and Rodrigo need to be looking over their shoulders because the young brigade are coming and they are not far away from being the main men already.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites sent scouts to Scotland this week with a keen eye on one 16-year-old sensation from Aberdeen.