Jesse Marsch has been quoted by the Independent as saying that Wilfried Gnonto could be handed his first start for Leeds United on Wednesday night against Wolves – while suggesting game time for four other young stars, too.
Leeds take on struggling Wolves at Molineux in the third round of the Carabao Cup. Last night we saw one major upset, Lincoln coming back from their defeat to non-league Chippenham to beat Championship side Bristol City.
But on Wednesday night, Leeds and Wolves are likely to be evenly-matched. Wolves have home advantage but certainly come into the game in worse form. Just one win in their last eight games. Leeds have won the last two.
Leeds boss Marsch is likely to rest a couple of players that have consistently started in the Premier League. Gnonto was afforded only his second substitute outing against Bournemouth, and it was his assist that saw Leeds go on to win 4-3.
He says the £3.8million signing is ready to start when asked if there could be game time for the £25k-a-week star. Marsch then goes on to mention Crysencio Summerville, Joe Gelhardt, Mateo Joseph and Sonny Perkins.
“Certainly Willy, I think Joffy (Gelhardt) as well,” the American said. “He hasn’t always played as much. But in training he’s been putting a lot into it and been really effective. Performing well,” Marsch said, as per the Independent.
“Obviously now we see Crysencio at a really high level. A lot of these young guys are pushing. And again, I always try to mention Mateo (Joseph) and Sonny (Perkins) as well, because we really like those guys.”
Marsch: Gnonto could start for Leeds against Wolves
What Marsch must be careful with, is the difference between giving his young stars a chance – but also winning the match. Leeds fans would love a cup run, having been starved of one under Marcelo Bielsa. He focused on the league.
Bringing in the likes of Gnonto, Joseph, Perkins, Gelhardt and Summerville all at once would be exciting. While he suggests that Gnonto and Gelhardt will start, making drastic changes will gave Wolves the upper hand.
A sprinkling of youth in Gelhardt, Gnonto, probably Sam Greenwood too, is enough. Substitute appearances for the likes of Perkins and Joseph would make sense if needed. Summerville should be rested for Tottenham on Saturday.