By Saikat Mandal

23rd Jan, 2023 | 6:40am

Willy Gnonto details Victor Orta role behind the scenes at Leeds United in 2022 transfer

Willy Gnonto has said that he felt Leeds United trusted him after he first spoke with Victor Orta.

In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport (22 January, 26 & 27), the 19-year-old admitted that he felt instantly that the club’s ambition matches what he wanted and it was the “best club” for him to grow.

Gnonto joined the Whites in the final hours of the summer transfer window, with the club securing a £3.8m deal from FC Zurich, as reported by The Daily Mail (2 September).

“From the very first moment, when I spoke with sporting director Victor Orta, I felt the trust in me,” said Gnonto to Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I thought Leeds’ ambition matched mine and that this was the best club to continue to grow.

“We play very fast and attacking football and my characteristics match perfectly.”

What a talent!

Eyebrows were raised when Leeds signed Gnonto in the summer window. 

Truth be told, Gnonto was not the first-choice option for the Whites but he was in the plans of the club, probably in the long term. 

When he joined the club, it was thought that he would take time to get used to the pace of the league, and that the club need to be patient with his transition, considering his age. 

The injury to Patrick Bamford had opened the door for him, and he grabbed those opportunities with both hands.

The more he played for the first team, his confidence grew. He impressed with his pace and skill and got his first Premier League goal against West Ham in the 2-2 draw. 

He was outstanding against Cardiff City in the 5-2 win where he scored a brace, and could have got a hat-trick as well. 

Gnonto is a fantastic talent. He is a joy to watch and has the potential to become a top-class forward in the future. 

In other Leeds United news, we’ve been exclusively informed about a group of senior Leeds players telling the board they want Jesse Marsch to be sacked.