Gnonto has played 10 games for Leeds. Yes, just 10. And yet, the 19-year-old has wasted no time in establishing himself as one of the best talents in the Premier League.
He has been our player of the season so far. 10 games, in case you were unaware. And he has now scored three goals, with two outstanding strikes in the FA Cup replay with Cardiff City on Wednesday.
Dorigo amazed by Leeds deal for Willy Gnonto
Gnonto was a very last minute addition in the summer. Had Bamba Dieng not changed his mind on a move, Gnonto would still be playing for Zurich heading into the January transfer window.
He had already made his Italy debut by the time he joined Leeds. However, the Azzurri are in a period of transition after failing to qualify for the World Cup. And that seemingly prompted Roberto Mancini to fast-track the forward into his plans.
Leeds fans were concerned when Gnonto became their deadline day signing. Of course, the potential was evident. But he seemed to very much be one for the future.
Dorigo however, had concerns for a different reason, wondering if he had missed something after seeing him in action for his country.
“The pressure that you’re under at that sort of age is intense but Gnonto, then 18, came on against Germany, beat his opponent and put in a cross from which Lorenzo Pellegrini scored,” he told I News.
“I was thinking ‘wow, who this is kid?’ but, lo and behold, he ends up joining Leeds United for a paltry £3.8million, which is one hell of a bargain.
“I thought ‘what’s the problem here?’ because that just doesn’t happen but there hasn’t been a problem at all.
“Gnonto has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water – he’s been a revelation and it’s quite amazing what he’s doing at such a young age.”
There seems to be absolutely nothing not to like about Gnonto’s game. He is so exciting and so brave. And he is only going to get better as he gets older and gains more experience.
It was an accidental masterstroke to sign him in the summer. And he is now threatening to lead the charge to take Leeds out of trouble.
In truth, it is difficult to not get carried away. Of course, Leeds should have beaten Cardiff. But the Bluebirds were not the only team who struggled to contain Gnonto.
And it needs saying again, we are just 10 games into Gnonto’s Leeds career.