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International Wilfried Gnonto development emerges amid Leeds United debut

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Wilfried Gnonto will spend the upcoming international break away from Leeds United after he was called up into the Italy squad.

Leeds signed Gnonto from FC Zurich on transfer deadline day, bringing in the forward as they allowed Daniel James to move out on loan to Fulham.

There’s little denying that Gnonto is an impressive talent, only underlined by his latest international call-up.


The 18-year-old made his first Leeds appearance last night for the U21s, alongside the likes of Liam Cooper, Luke Ayling and Patrick Bamford in a 6-2 win over Southampton.

Amid that outing, it was confirmed that Gnonto had been called up into the Italy squad for the upcoming international break that pitches them up against England and Hungary.

Gnonto has already got four Italy caps under his belt and has scored one goal at international level.

The forward’s first chance of a senior debut for Leeds will come on the other side of international duty against Aston Villa on October 2nd.

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We wrote about Gnonto’s nomination for the 2022 Golden Boy award yesterday and how it underlined his talent. This does that further.

Leeds have signed one of Italy’s most promising forwards, who at 18, is already starting to establish himself on the international stage.

It’s probably quite foolish to think that at Leeds he’s just going to be limited to the U21s. He’s quite clearly above that level and will get his chances in the Premier League.

For now, though, it’s going to be exciting seeing what Gnonto can offer if he gets a chance against Hungary and, in particular, England.

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