Fabrizio Romano: ‘Here We Go!’ – Leeds United Have Agreement for Wilfried Gnonto, Ending Torrid Striker Search

Italian international Wilfried Gnonto

According to Fabrizio Romano on Twitch, Leeds United are soon to announce the signing of Wilfried Gnonto to close out a difficult deadline day for the club. The player brings desperately needed support at the top of the pitch, adding depth to the existing options of Patrick Bamford, Joe Gelhardt and the currently injured Rodrigo.

Deadline Day Signing of Wilfried Gnonto by Leeds United

Who is Wilfried Gnonto?

Willy Gnonto is a young and pacey winger who currently plays for Zurich. He is widely renowned for his pace, ability on the ball and having four caps for Italy at the age of just 18. Securing Gnonto from Zurich is an incredible coup for Leeds United, with the club adding to their youth strategy and increasing the number of international talents at Elland Road simultaneously.

What Does Wilfried Gnonto Bring to Elland Road?

Victor Orta’s thorough scouting processes have found a player that suits Jesse Marsch’s style ideally. The Italian forward has a perfectly suited style for the Red Bull model of tactics, focusing on aggressive pressing. His goalscoring is impressive for his age too, securing his first international goal earlier this year.

What Was the Journey to This Deadline Day Signing?

Leeds United needed a deadline day signing at the top of the pitch, and their journey to secure one was difficult. The day started with Cody Gakpo, having agreed on personal terms, not flying to Leeds Bradford Airport after PSV Eindhoven chose not to sell the player to Elland Road. After an incredible performance in the club’s 109th anniversary last match, the leadership in Eindhoven chose to retain the Dutchman.

After this, the Whites made a bid for Bamba Dieng that Marseille accepted. When the plane was on the runway OGC Nice made an approach for the player, changing his mind and preventing a move to the Yorkshire club. Completing the move for Gnonto ends a difficult day for Director of Football Victor Orta.