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Leeds could find Gianluca Scamacca 2.0 in Wilfried Gnonto

Leeds United kick off their Premier League campaign against Wolves in just under two weeks and will surely be hoping for an improvement on the 2021/22 season.

The Whites escaped the drop by three points as they secured their survival on the final day, with Jesse Marsch keeping the team up after taking over from Marcelo Bielsa.

Victor Orta will hope that his work in the transfer market will be enough to push the club up the table and one area that needs to be addressed is the attack. Leeds only scored 42 goals in their 38 league matches and need their signings to add to their threat at the top end of the pitch.

Their rivals, West Ham, look set to solve their own problems in that area as they close in on a deal for Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca, who scored 16 goals in the Serie A last term.

Orta must now potentially land Marsch his own version of the Italian centre-forward by signing Wilfried Gnonto from FC Zurich this summer.

The Whites are reportedly interested in signing the teenage talent, who is Italy’s youngest-ever goalscorer at 18 years, seven months, and nine days old.

He has scored 12 goals for Italy at various youth levels and for the senior squad, whilst he has also racked up 28 goals and 16 assists at club level.

Scamacca, meanwhile, scored at seven different age groups for the Azzuri and is yet to score in seven caps for the first-team. In his club career, he has found the back of the net 55 times in 173 outings – including 16 in 41 games for Sassuolo.

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He is five years ahead of Gnonto in his development and his fellow countryman, who has been dubbed a “wonderkid” by talent scout Jacek Kulig, is showing that he has the potential to be a consistent scorer at the top level in the future.

The 18-year-old enjoyed an impressive campaign with Zurich in 2021/22 as he registered ten goals and five assists in all competitions for the first-team, showing that he can make a big impact in spite of his lack of experience.

This suggests that he has the scope to become a regular scorer and creator in the future if he is able to continue his development and grow as a player as he plays more senior football in the years to come.

Imagine how good he could be by the time he reaches Scamacca’s age. The world is at his feet at the moment and Leeds can be the club he fulfills his potential – whether that is in the immediate future or longer term.

Orta must now sign the talented teen to bolster Marsch’s squad and, potentially, be the club’s own Italian predator in the Premier League.

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