Wilfried Gnonto decides whether to quit Leeds United amid Elland Road exit rumours
Wilfried Gnonto looks set to remain at Leeds United in January, with the club’s chances of promotion to the Premier League the deciding factor in his commitment according to Ben Jacobs.
The former talkSPORT commentator claimed that the number of moving parts in a possible January deal would put a spanner in the works, and there would be more certainty if he remained at Elland Road until the summer.
As far as a summer transfer goes, Jacobs suggested that if Leeds fail to get promoted, Gnonto will push for a move again and that playing in the Premier League is his ultimate goal.
Jacobs was speaking to GIVEMESPORT on 15 November when he claimed: “Leaving mid-season to a Premier League club, even though Everton, whom he was most strongly linked with, have made a very positive start to the season, you don’t know where you will be at the end of the campaign.
“You also don’t know where Leeds will be at the end of the season. Gnonto didn’t want to move to Everton because he hated it at Leeds. It was because he wanted to play in the Premier League. So, if you move mid-season, who knows whether you’ll be in the Premier League at the end of the season if you move to a top-flight club?
“And if you stay at Leeds, you might be in the Premier League for the following season because they might get promoted. So, there are almost too many variables, both for Leeds and Gnonto, to be making any rash decisions on his future in January.
“If it got to the end of the season, and he was playing, then there’ll be no debate that he will stay at Leeds if they get promoted. If they don’t get promoted, it’s a different story.”
Pulling in the same direction
If Leeds want to earn promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking then they will need every player and member of staff at the club to be pulling in the same direction, including Gnonto.
Leeds appear to have found a strong run of form and have surged to third in the league, cutting the gap to the top two despite their flying start to the campaign, and if the Yorkshire side can keep up this run they will give themselves a great chance.
As far as Gnonto’s exit goes, Premier League football has been the main factor in his decision all along. A move to Everton, or a similarly-placed side, could see him swap places with Leeds come next season, so his best option is to remain for now.
There will be a decision to be made in the summer regardless of the way the season pans out, but for now, fans can rest easy knowing their star man should remain for the rest of the campaign.
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