By George Overhill

3rd Oct, 2023 | 12:40pm

Willy Gnonto joined in category of £20m-plus 'hot commodity' by Jonathan Rowe as Leeds United and Norwich City stars praised

Carlton Palmer has raved about Norwich City’s Jonathan Rowe before putting him in the “same category” as Leeds United star Willy Gnonto.

The BBC pundit told Football League World (3 October) that the Canaries attacker could become a “hot commodity” who may be worth upwards of £20million, and thus by at the same level of the Elland Road man.

Gnonto, 19, was chased throughout the summer by Everton but the Whites refused to budge in the face of bids reaching £25m [The Athletic, 18 August].

Palmer said: “Norwich City sit joint-fourth in the Championship on 16 points, representing a very decent start to the season.

“One player making a lot of noise is Jonathan Rowe, Norwich’s 20-year-old winger has scored five goals in nine appearances and was named EFL Young Player of the Month in August.

“Rowe is a product of Norwich’s academy and his scintillating form has seen him earn a call-up to England’s under-20 squad.

“If he can keep producing performances like he’s doing then he’s going to become a very hot commodity.

“He could be worth upwards of £20m, I’d definitely put him in the same category as Gnonto at Leeds United.”

Young stars

Rowe is perhaps still behind Gnonto given the Italian international’s involvement in the Premier League last season was more extensive than the Englishman’s a year earlier.

But so far this season he is outstripping the Whites star, whose season has so far been broken up by his attempts to leave while the transfer window was still open, and now by injury.

There is extensive young talent in the Championship and Leeds United were glad to keep hold of Gnonto since he has the quality to be one of the leading lights in the division.

He has probably been overshadowed of late by other youngsters in Daniel Farke’s squad, with the likes of Archie Gray taking to the senior side like a natural and Georginio Rutter finally finding his feet in England.

Six goals and two assists in all competitions from Rowe is an impressive return at Farke’s former side but the German has a strong attacking unit, with the likes of Joel Piroe, Crysencio Summerville, Jaidon Anthony and Patrick Bamford to work with.

The Whites options are still struggling for consistency though, with eye-catching wins interspersed with frustrating stalemates and then a deflating defeat at Southampton last week, so will be looking to get back to winning ways with the visit of Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday (4 October).

In other Leeds United news, a new man has been tipped for his full Elland Road debut against QPR by Adam Pope, with a current starter’s play causing “issues” for teammates.