Ashley Young told Sky Sports – as per BBC Live’s coverage of Leeds United’s 2-1 loss to Aston Villa – that Jesse Marsch’s side are “feisty” and make it “tough” to play against, also commenting on his battle against teen talent Willy Gnonto.

Leeds produced a very encouraging performance but once again, as has been the way on many occasions this season, the performance did not match. Rodrigo had a goal disallowed, saw an effort cleared off the line, and had other efforts.

Willy Gnonto saw a shot palmed away by World Cup winner Emi Martinez. Jack Harrison saw his close-range poke on goal some how stopped by Martinez. Leon Bailey, and then Emi Buendia got the goals for Villa to win 2-1 against us.

Patrick Bamford came off the bench to get one back on 83 minutes after stunning work on the Leeds left from Gnonto. Aston Villa veteran Young commented on his duel with Gnonto, who was once again, superb – and gave his Leeds take.

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“We knew it was going to be tough. We know what comes in games against Leeds, they are always a bit feisty. We were up for that tonight. It was a good battle with Gnonto,” Young told Sky Sports after the game, with Gnonto dominating.

Young: Leeds feisty and tough to play against, gives take on Gnonto

Gnonto had Young in his back pocket all game. The Italy international is quickly emerging as one of our best players, and one of Victor Orta’s best-ever deals. Especially, given he joined for less than £5million. Luis Sinisterra was signed.

A replacement for Raphinha but if anything, Gnonto has replaced the Brazil international. If Leeds are going to avoid a relegation dogfight this season, Gnonto will be absolutely pivotal to anything the Whites do. Encouraging, but a loss.

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