England beware Leeds' Italian wonderkid

England beware Leeds’ Italian wonderkid

When Italy flopped in the play-offs against North Macedonia and were condemned to miss their second World Cup finals in a row, Roberto Mancini promised to rebuild his team with the next generation of talent.

His search led him to Willy Gnonto, an explosive teenage striker from Inter Milan’s youth ranks who helped FC Zurich win the Swiss title last season and joined Leeds United on transfer deadline day earlier this month.

Gnonto’s £3.8million move to Elland Road was largely unheralded, eclipsed at the time by the furore of their failed £20m swoop for Bamba Dieng of Marseille and since by the postponements following the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the subsequent period of mourning.

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