Sky Sports host tells Leeds United to sell Willy Gnonto amid Everton talks
Leeds United should sell Willy Gnonto if “there’s a deal to be done and good money” for the forward, according to David Prutton.
Discussing Gnonto’s situation at Leeds United, Prutton claimed on Sky Sports News (1 September, 11:54 am) that the Whites should cash in on the 19-year-old while they can if he wants a move from the club.
Everton have reemerged as an option for the Italian international after having multiple bids rejected earlier this summer, with Sky Sports reporting (1 September) that the Toffees are “back in talks” despite Leeds’ insistence he will remain.
Speaking on Sky Sports News, Prutton said: “He’s a very good player. I wouldn’t say that either Leeds fans or myself have seen enough consistent minutes out of him by virtue of the fact that they barely had a chance to play as many times as he should in the Premier League last year.
“There is a very, very good player in there. There’s a very young player in there as well. But, the way that they’ve approached it, whether we look at the advisors or whether we look at the player himself, I think there’s a responsibility to be taken across both sets of shoulders there.
“He didn’t exactly endear himself to the Whites faithful, but you score a goal, you play well and you can get yourself back in there incrementally.
“If there’s a deal to be done and good money, I always think it’s better to move a player on. If Willy Gnonto is in that position, I’m sure Leeds United will recover.”
Leeds have been adamant that Gnonto is not for sale across the summer. When relegated, many expected the highly-rated youngster to return to a top-flight league, but the Whites have remained steadfast in their decision.
They have batted away interest from the Toffees all summer, even rejecting a £15million bid, according to the Daily Mail (16 July). Now, Sean Dyche’s side is back for one last attempt to prize him away in their attempt to bolster their attack.
With Alex Iwobi’s move to Fulham looking imminent, with Fabrizio Romano reporting (1 September) that he is currently undergoing a medical, Everton will be keen for further recruitment here and may push hard to his signature.
Prutton’s suggestion may prove true soon enough, with Calcio Mercato claiming on their live transfer blog (1 September, 12:16 pm) that Everton are “very close” to agreeing a deal.
Gnonto has started to earn the fans’ faith back after scoring on his return to the squad in their 4-3 victory over Ipswich, but if he departs this summer, it will be tough to find a Leeds fan praising the youngster.
As the window quickly shuts, Daniel Farke will be keen to know who is in his squad for their upcoming clash Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday (2 September).
In other Leeds United news, the Whites have made a deadline-day decision regarding Crysencio Summerville.