Pudndits praise Gnonto after stunning performance against Villa

‘To see someone so mature, so young is very unusual in that position’: Gary Neville leads praise for Wilfried Gnonto after the Leeds winger’s stunning performance in their 2-1 loss by Aston Villa on Friday

  • Leeds were beaten 2-1 by Aston Villa in their Premier League clash on Friday
  • Wilfired Gnonto assisted Leeds’ only goal as he crossed for Patrick Bamford 
  • The 19-year-old Italy winger was widely praised by pundits after the game
  • Gary Neville said his ‘understanding’ was ‘really good’ for such a young player 

Pundits have been lauding Leeds winger Wilfried Gnonto after a lively performance in their 2-1 loss against Aston Villa on Friday.

In just his sixth Premier League start, Gnonto battled veteran fullback Ashley Young all evening, troubling him with pace, strength, and a direct style of play.

The 19-year-old finally got the better of his opponent in the 83rd minute, when he was able to whip in a cross for Patrick Bamford to pull one goal back for the visitors.

 Wilfried Gnonto battled Ashley Young all evening on Friday as Aston Villa beat Leeds 2-1

The 19-year-old Leeds winger impressed with his speed and intelligence in the match

 ‘To see someone so mature, so young is very unusual in that position,’ Gary Neville said on Sky Sports’ coverage of the game.

‘Sometimes you see potential and talent but watching him so closely, his understanding of where to be, his choice of pass, when to run with it, his awareness of teammates, really good honestly.’

Gnonto has made sporadic performances this season after joining in September and scored his first goal in English football against West Ham last week. 

Former Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford was also impressed with the youngster’s performance, as he added: ‘For him to be able to show as much drive and be as direct as he has been, this is why fans are falling in love with him. 

Gary Neville said: ‘To see someone so mature, so young is very unusual in that position’

‘You could see him just studying Ashley Young, as the game went on he started opening up on him. He’s very direct, I’m a huge admirer of him.’

Dion Dublin added: ‘Never once did I see him go sideways. He just always wanted to go forwards.’

Despite Gnonto’s eye-catching display, the result does little to help Leeds, as they remain just two points above the relegation zone.

Jesse Marsch’s side will next be in action a week on Sunday when they face Brentford at Elland Road. 

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