Around Elland Road, there are stories of teen talent not seen in the LS11 zip code since Harry Kewell emerged from the club’s academy in the 1990s. The excitement led to a coming-of-age chant referring to Gnont’s masculinity, which Marsh asked fans to fix.
“We’ve known him for a while. Like I said, he was a little more close to the idea of having him in the future,” Marsh said. “But given where we were on transfer deadline day, we knew him and were like, ‘OK, maybe six months ago we brought them in and started the process a little bit earlier. I think it was because I thought, we did it.
“He’s a very intelligent, humble, down to earth, real human being who wants to improve, wants to work hard, and what we’ve created for him and the group. I believe in the process.”
A fully weighted pass from Gnonto set up the Crysencio Summerville winners against Bournemouth in Leeds’ final Premier League win. The goal helped calm Leeds down, but they are desperate for a win ahead of this weekend’s game against Brentford.
Their young Italian striker could have a big say in their survival, along with Marsh’s other young forwards, including current club record signing Georginio Luther.
“From the beginning, Willie said he was a really good influence on Chrissencio Somerville. They have a really good relationship and it’s funny, Luis.” [Sinisterra] It went down and the Cree’s chances opened up a little, and the Cree went down and the door opened up a little bit for Willie,” Marsh added.
“If you can get all those weapons back and you can actually go to the team, build subs and throw more weapons on the pitch, you have a pretty explosive strategy.”
Even in Italy, Gnonto is seen as a player of the future and Roberto Mancini blooded him with Euro 2024 in mind after failing to qualify for the World Cup. But with his fearlessness and power being a key part of this season, his time has come for Leeds.
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