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Leeds: Wilfried Gnonto once again saved Jesse Marsch vs Bournemouth

Leeds United recorded back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time in 2022/23 in dramatic fashion on Saturday afternoon, with Jesse Marsch’s side running out 4-3 winners over AFC Bournemouth at Elland Road.

In a match that was balanced on a pinhead for the length of the 90 minutes, the Whites ultimately ran out victors thanks to goals from Rodrigo, Sam Greenwood, Liam Cooper and Crysencio Summerville, despite being 3-1 down with 30 minutes left to play.

And, while the second-half introduction of Greenwood – who ended the fixture with both a goal and an assist to his name – undoubtedly changed the course of the game for the American manager, it was once again the performance of Wilfried Gnonto that ultimately sealed all three points for Leeds on Saturday.

Indeed, over the course of his 45 minutes on the pitch, the £8.7m-rated forward was a constant thorn in the Cherries’ side, with three of his five completed passes being key, as well as completing one of his three attempted crosses, making two tackles and creating one big chance for his teammates.

However, undoubtedly the Italy international’s most important contribution came in his assist for Summerville’s 84th-minute winner, when the 19-year-old picked up the ball in his own half, before driving at the Cherries’ defence and slipping an inch-perfect ball through to the Dutchman, who cooly slotted beyond Mark Travers.

This was an almost perfect repeat of Summerville’s winner against Liverpool last weekend, when Gnonto’s hard work on the left wing ended in the six-cap international firing a cross into the box, which Patrick Bamford subsequently laid off to the 21-year-old who fired home the Whites’ late winner.

However, regarding the display of the “wonderkid” against Bournemouth, Gnonto earned an extremely impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.2, while Leeds Live’s Beren Cross also awarded the £5m summer signing an eight in his own player ratings, as well as stating of the forward’s display:

“Everything apart from a goal. Picked up where he left off at Anfield. Tenacious, quick, snappy, strong, intelligent. The carry and assist for the winning goal was outstanding. Has to start at Tottenham Hotspur next weekend.”

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As such, as Cross suggests, it would appear an absolute must for Marsch to begin unleashing Gnonto from the off in the not-too-distant future, as the Italian sensation once again passed his first-team test with flying colours on Saturday afternoon.

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