An international break gives Daniel Farke a great chance to take stock of his squad and shape up for a tough festive period, before the January window opens.
In an ideal world, Leeds won’t lose a single player and will actually strengthen in key areas when the window starts, but that can’t always be the case.
What’s the latest on Willy Gnonto’s future?
It was claimed by Football Insider recently that Gnonto was “unhappy” at Elland Road and would seek to leave the club after failing to do so in January.
However, CBS journalist Ben Jacobs has shut down this idea as he spoke to GiveMeSport about Gnonto’s current mood at Leeds, eager to continue working for Farke:
“If he’s not playing at the end of the season, then a full season will have passed and then Leeds might be a little bit less reluctant to let him go because the dynamic and the situation will have changed a little bit. So, I think it will all be clarified in the summer.
“But this idea that he’s unhappy again, this idea that he’s throwing his toys out of the pram, this idea that he’s pushing again to move away, because he hasn’t had game time as much as he would have liked in recent weeks is all incorrect to my understanding.
“Since the apology to Daniel Farke, I’ve been told that Gnonto has been a model professional and relishes the challenge of breaking back into that starting 11.”
Should Leeds sell Gnonto in January?
Daniel Farke will be buzzing
The crux of the matter is that Farke will know better than any media outlet that Gnonto is happy to be here, no matter what has been put out recently about him.
Gnonto himself has gone out of his way to shut down claims that he doesn’t want to be at leads, sharing a laughing emoji when reading the above rumour.
However, for Farke, this sort of insight is great to see, knowing that everyone can see that Gnonto is happy to be here and focusing on the promotion bid.
The drop from Italy’s senior squad to their under-21s will have no doubt dented the 20-year-old’s confidence, but he knows he’s got a manager backing him every step of the way, and that is clearly being repaid by the player.