An international break has given some of the Leeds squad the chance to jet off to represent their countries, briefly taking their mind off the pressures of a relegation battle for now.
One of those is winger Willy Gnonto, who has again been named in Roberto Mancini’s Italy squad, an unsurprising feat given he has only gone from strength to strength in the Premier League since his last call-up.
Gnonto discusses his time at Leeds
A lot of eyes are now on Gnonto as he plies his trade in the Premier League, having come from the relative obscurity of the Swiss Super League and Zurich.
He’s taken to the challenge like a duck to water, though, and is happy with how his season is going despite being put in the under-21s to begin with, as he said this to Corriere Della Sera:
“The coach (Jesse Marsch) thought it was the best path for me, but I couldn’t wait to play with the first team to give my contribution: let’s say it took a while.”
Gnonto silences Old Trafford
One of the Italian’s best moments at Leeds so far was his first-minute strike away to Manchester United, where he silenced the Stretford End in a 2-2 draw.
When asked about scoring there, he continued:
“I was struck by the silence that fell, also because the goal came unexpectedly, after a minute. A good time.”
Gnonto and Italy take on England this week in the European qualifiers tomorrow night, and when asked about who has most impressed him in the Premier League from the Three Lions camp, he answered:
Will Leeds stay up?
Gnonto has risen right to the forefront of Italy’s next generation of talent, and to think that we signed him for £3.8million is staggering.
He is one of the country’s best young players and it seems baffling to think he’s at Leeds.
It’s no shock that he’s been most impressed by Rashford this season, given the Man United forward’s incredible goalscoring run.
Gnonto will be hoping to steal the spotlight tomorrow night, though, when the two face off.