Leeds United starlet Wilfried Gnonto has been named at number 38 on FourFourTwo’s list of the top 50 most exciting teenagers in world football.

Gnonto has done pretty well for a player who was not ready for the first-team when he first arrived at Elland Road.

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Of course, had Leeds’ deadline day gone to plan in the summer, the Italian would not be with the Whites just yet. Victor Orta managed to get a last minute move done after failing to sign Cody Gakpo and Bamba Dieng, while also giving Dan James the green light to leave on loan.

Gnonto named as one of world football’s most exciting teenagers

Jesse Marsch had already suggested that the Italy international was not ready for first-team football. And thus, the 19-year-old only made his debut in late October, coming on in the dramatic win over Liverpool.

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Gnonto’s impact was immediate. He did brilliantly to help set up the winner against the Reds. And he followed that by providing the assist for the goal which decided the victory over Bournemouth.

It is fair to say that he has been our most exciting player in the last few games. No player did a better job of taking the game to Manchester City or Newcastle. And he has now opened his account for the first-team, opening the scoring against West Ham with a superb finish on Wednesday.

Of course, it is hard to say that we benefitted from missing out on Gakpo. But there is no doubt that ending up with Gnonto has proved to be a very decent consolation price.

And FourFourTwo has now acknowledged his performances, naming him in their list of the top 50 teenagers in world football.

It is frightening to think about the level he could reach in the coming years. Certainly, he has quickly turned himself into one of the first names on the teamsheet at Elland Road.

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