Leeds United have been scuffling with accidents to key gamers during the last 18 months, with probably the most notable issues coming for star striker Patrick Bamford.
The 29-year-old sustained three long-term accidents final season and has been out and in of the staff already with points this time period, one thing that shall be an enormous concern for supervisor Jesse Marsch as he strives for a extra comfy end within the prime flight following a disappointing seventeenth place end in 2021/22.
Certainly, Bamford is able to being vastly influential on the pitch when he’s match to play, having scored 45 objectives and delivered 17 assists for Leeds – averaging a purpose contribution each 145 minutes – proving that then when the staff are with out him they’re lacking out on a dependable and constant attacking risk.
Nevertheless, Marsch might have an ace to play if Bamford continues to wrestle with health points, as Wilfried Gnonto was signed by the membership on deadline day – and the 18-year-old who was hailed a “shock” by Victor Orta might be the proper inheritor to succeed the striker.
The Italian wonderkid grew to become the youngest participant ever to attain for his nation in the identical month he made his worldwide debut and has had no hassle breaking into the aggressive senior nationwide staff – who’re at the moment the European Champions after beating England at Wembley final summer time.
Gnonto has already tallied up 27 membership objectives and 17 assists over his profession to date – with a purpose contribution each 119 minutes – however is but to make an look within the Leeds senior staff, though the Elland Highway trustworthy got a glimpse of their shiny new signing in opposition to England final night time within the UEFA Nations League.
The ahead who was hailed an “thrilling expertise” by journalist Matt Barlow, was introduced on within the 63rd minute by Roberto Mancini and made an impression within the little time he had on the pitch, finishing six out of his seven passes and successful 50% of his duels within the victory for the Azzurri.
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With that being mentioned, there isn’t any doubt that Marsch will wish to ease the teenager into the staff with a purpose to develop him into the subsequent Leeds prodigy and, if profitable, Gnonto might develop into an actual attacking risk to problem Bamford for his spot within the staff in years to come back.