Leeds United star Wilfried Gnonto has endured a better start to life with the club than he first imagined.
The 19-year-old signed for the Whites from Swiss side FC Zurich on transfer deadline day in the summer for a fee of £3.8million, as reported by The Daily Mail.
He initially linked up with the Under-21 set up but has since established himself in the first-team, where he has scored four and assisted a further two in 19 games.
Gnonto is also a full Italian international, and his solitary goal for the national team made him the youngest scorer in their history.
How has Gnonto settled in to life at Leeds?
Speaking on BBC Sport’s Football Focus, Gnonto was asked how he is finding playing his football in West Yorkshire so far, he said: “Better than I thought, you know? The staff and teammates are all really nice with me so I really enjoy it.”
The Italian had dreamed of the Premier League and playing in the many famous stadiums in England, he added: “I am [happy], this as a dream of mine – the chance to play in these big stadiums: Old Trafford, Elland Road, Anfield. That’s something that I really like.”
Gnonto believes that he is in the right place to continue to thrive, he continued: “I just want to keep going and doing my thing. The Premier League is the best place to do it.”
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It’s incredible how key a 19-year-old has become to Leeds, but he has certainly settled in quickly.
The ceiling for Gnonto is one of the highest in Leeds’ squad, and he needs to be nurtured and developed correctly. The club seem to have become too reliant on someone so young already.
Hopefully he is happy at Elland Road for the foreseeable, because a player with his potential isn’t likely to be at the club for very long.
He is right, though, the Premier League is the best place for him to develop.