By Craig Scott

2nd Sep, 2022 | 8:40am

Wilfried Gnonto obtains UK work permit to play for Leeds United after rushed deadline day deal - Fabrizio Romano

Wilfried Gnoto has managed to obtain a work permit to play for Leeds United after a deal was rushed through to sign the Italy forward on deadline day, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Writing on the CaughtOffside Substack on Friday morning (2 September), the Guardian journalist reported that the 18-year-old’s move from Zurich was completed without any issues as the managed to get international clearance in time.

Leeds hurried through a move for Gnonto after failed deadline day attempts for Cody Gakpo, Hwang Hee-chan and Bamba Dieng.

Panic buy?

Jesse Marsch admitted not long ago that Gnonto isn’t ready for the Premier League.

And then, on deadline day, Leeds let go of Daniel James to Fulham – a team who could be rivalling us for a spot in the Premier League – only to sign the player that the manager doesn’t feel is up to scratch yet.

Is Gnonto a signing for the first-team or for the Under-21s?

Either way, Leeds’ post-11pm announcement that the Italian has signed for them in the early hours of Friday morning (2 September) comes as a bit of a surprise and smacks of desperation.

We have nothing against Gnonto and we do feel as though the Italian is a good signing on the face of it.

He’s the youngest ever goalscorer in the history of the Italy national team and played a big role in Zurich winning the Swiss Super League title last season.

However, Victor Orta has seemingly signed a player who Marsch doesn’t rate as first-team material at the same time as Fulham have been strengthened by James’ arrival.

It’s pathetic.

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