Leeds United defender Junior Firpo has admitted teenager Wilfried Gnonto has stunned him since becoming a member of the membership again in the summertime.
What did Firpo say about Gnonto?
The Italian made the transfer from FC Zurich in the summertime and has made massive strides early in his Leeds profession which has seen him earn 16 appearances within the Premier League alone (through Transfermarkt).
Nonetheless, his recreation time has been hindered barely because the arrival of Javi Gracia who benched the 19-year-old for his or her current video games towards Chelsea and Brighton & Hove Albion.
However it appears this determination could not have happy all contained in the membership with Firpo admitting how a lot the teenager has impressed since arriving at Thorp Arch.
Talking on the membership’s official podcast, the left-back spoke concerning the 19-year-old’s skill and maturity regardless of having performed lower than a complete season within the English high flight:
“I feel no one anticipated from Wilfried. No person anticipated that when he first got here, no one anticipated. He was only a shy man, did not discuss an excessive amount of. He was even somewhat bit shy on the pitch as effectively within the coaching periods.
“However as quickly as he went on the pitch, he was unbelievable from day one. Since day one, he is matured. It is not regular for 19 years previous.
“It is not regular how he performs, the maturity that he has, the whole lot, it is unbelievable, to be trustworthy.”
How good is Wilfried Gnonto?
Having been dropped to the bench by Gracia, the £20k-per-week Italian made an immediate response by offering an help in his final two video games which included from the bench within the draw towards the Seagulls.
And his skill at such a younger age has been recognised by Roberto Mancini and the Italian nationwide facet who’ve proven a variety of belief within the 19-year-old.
Gnonto not too long ago got here off the bench within the recreation towards England after which was rewarded with a begin of their following recreation towards Malta (through Transfermarkt).
The problem for Leeds is they’re now left sweating over the health of their winger who was withdrawn by means of damage within the early levels of that recreation.
Given Gracia has not been scared to bench Gnonto already, will probably be fascinating to see how the Whites would get on if the younger Italian was to be sidelined by means of damage.
Journalist Beren Cross has stated the teenager has “dazzled” at instances this season and it’s straightforward to see why when the 19-year-old is within the high tenth percentile for progressive caries throughout the highest 5 European leagues (through FBref).
And it’s obvious the gamers at Thorp Arch have recognised this as a lot as anybody, particularly Firpo who is probably going arising towards him in coaching.