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Leeds: Jesse Marsch drops Wilfried Gnonto hint

Leeds United centre-forward Wilfried Gnonto is set to be handed his full debut in the Carabao Cup this evening.

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In recent comments cited by The Independent, Jesse Marsch suggested that both the 19-year-old Italian and Joe Gelhardt could be given an opportunity from the off against Wolverhampton Wanderers this evening, with the American manager clearly impressed with the impact made by the summer signing in recent weeks.

When asked who could start at Molineux tonight, the 48-year-old said:

“Certainly Willy, I think Joffy as well. He hasn’t always played as much, but in training he’s been putting a lot into it and been really effective and performing well.”

Serious talent

Considering just how impressive Gnonto has been over his two first-team outings so far this season, it would very much appear as if the £5m summer signing is well worth unleashing from the off against Wolves this evening.

Indeed, after being brought on with the scores level and 18 minutes left to play in the Whites’ 2-1 victory over Liverpool back in October, the £8.7m-rated talent proved a game-changer for Marsch, with the Italian sensation playing a pivotal role in the build-up to Crysencio Summerville’s 89th-minute winner.

Taking a deft headed touch beyond the on-rushing James Milner, the £16k-per-week youngster held the ball up magnificently while awaiting his fellow attackers to flood the penalty area, before firing a ball into the feet of Patrick Bamford, who subsequently – and somewhat fortuitously – flicked the ball into Summerville who then fired past Alisson Becker.

The 19-year-old played a similarly key role in Leeds’ dramatic 4-3 victory over AFC Bournemouth last time out, once again being brought on as a second-half substitute and setting up Summerville’s 84th-minute winner.

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Picking up Liam Cooper’s clearing header in the Whites’ third, the player who James Marshment dubbed a “serious” talent then turned on the afterburners, leaving a number of Bournemouth players in his wake, before slipping the Dutchman through one-on-one with a pinpoint pass to seal a dramatic comeback for the home side.

As such, with Gnonto having made a huge impact for Leeds over just 62 minutes of Premier League football, the potential of the six-cap starlet having a full 90 minutes in which to cause damage will undoubtedly be an extremely exciting one for the Elland Road faithful, while also being a terrifying prospect for Wolves’ defenders.

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