Jesse Marsch has told Friday’s press conference – as per the club’s YouTube – he has no concern regarding Leeds ace Willy Gnonto letting the pressure get to his head, but that he does have one problem, in Crysencio Summerville.
Gnonto, 19, scored a brace for Leeds in a 5-2 win over Cardiff on Wednesday night. It comes after the Italy star was the best player on the pitch against Aston Villa during last Friday’s 2-1 defeat. He has been earning huge plaudits.
So much so that Leeds boss Marsch discussed whether Gnonto is already 10 times the £4million paid for Gnonto. He is expected to start on Sunday after being withdrawn shortly after the hour mark in the 5-2 win over Cardiff.
Marsch was asked on Friday ahead of the clash against Brentford at Elland Road, if he was worried that Gnonto could let the praise get to his head. Given, he is only 19. He is not worried – but says Gnonto does have a problem.
That is, making sure Summerville remains grounded: “No problem at all. He wants to train every day. He is a special young man, in a good way. Likeable guy. The biggest challenge he has is to keep Cree grounded, same way he is.”
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Marsch: Leeds ace Gnonto has one problem, in the form of Summerville
Marsch did make the comment slightly tongue in cheek, joking. Summerville, ahead of the World Cup, scored in each of the four games up until the break. But Summerville is renowned for having a bit of a questionable attitude.
Gnonto and Summerville are also renowned for being best buddies. Similar in age and similar in position, the two have bonded. The job to keep Summerville grounded is obviously down to Marsch and the Leeds management.
But, given the closeness between Gnonto and Summerville both as friends, and in terms of position and in the stage in their careers – Gnonto can set Summerville an example. Gnonto is certainly undroppable, right now.