Jon Newsome has told BBC Radio Leeds that he likes everything about Willy Gnonto and tipped the Leeds United starlet for a very bright future at Elland Road.

Gnonto was one of the few first-team players who could hold his head up high following the Whites’ FA Cup tie against Cardiff City on Sunday. Jesse Marsch’s men just about forced a replay against the Bluebirds, scoring twice in the second-half to earn a draw.

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Only Gnonto, Darko Gyabi and Joel Robles could have any complaints if they were taken off at half-time after a calamitous display from the side. The Italian was one of the only bright sparks for the visitors in the Welsh capital.

Newsome lauds Gnonto after Leeds draw with Cardiff

Of course, that has become a familiar story for Leeds in recent weeks. Gnonto has absolutely taken his chance with both hands since making his Premier League debut in the win at Liverpool at the end of October.

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In fact, he has arguably been our best player since that day. He opened his account against West Ham. And he was the one player who really wanted to take the fight to Manchester City in the recent loss.

Gnonto received praise once again after the draw with Cardiff. And Newsome was happy to add to the plaudits, as he was asked what he likes about the 19-year-old.

“Everything. I like his attitude, just little daft things like the ball goes behind for a goal kick and he runs into the crowd and gets the ball back because he wants to win, he wants to play, give me the ball,” he told BBC Radio Leeds.

“He’s so positive when he gets the ball. He’ll take you on the outside, he’ll take you on the inside. He can use either foot, he’s got such a future has the boy. And he’s a great purchase. He’s infectious.”

Leeds are not going to be able to keep Gnonto for much longer if his progress continues at the current rate. Admittedly, he was already an Italy international before his move. But there is no question that he has been a revelation.

He has quickly become a leader in the squad, leading by example when Leeds need a moment of inspiration. The Whites are going to need to get moving forward soon to ensure that he is not tempted to consider his options.

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