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Chelsea Are Showing Interest In This Leeds United Youngster: Should Potter Bring Him Aboard?

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In a recent report from Football.London, it was mentioned that Chelsea are being linked to Wilfried Gnonto of Leeds United, as they are interested in bringing him aboard this summer. The 19-year-old has caught the attention of several Premier League giants, including Manchester City and Arsenal, who have also deemed him as a potential target at the end of this season.

Gnonto’s Decent Campaign With Leeds United So Far This Season

Gnonto is having a decent campaign at Elland Road as the talented winger has made 20 appearances for the Whites so far this season, finding the back of the net on four occasions and picking up three assists across all fronts.

The Italian wide player has caught the eye by averaging 1.3 tackles, 1.1 shots, 1.1 key passes and 1.0 dribbles per 90 minutes in Premier League football. However, he needs to improve his link-up play in the attacking third of the pitch after only completing 76% of his attempted passes in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

Wilfried Gnonto of Leeds United linked to Chelsea
NAPLES, ITALY – MARCH 23: Wilfried Gnonto of Italy competes for the ball with Bukayo Saka of England during the UEFA EURO 2024 qualifying round group C match between Italy and England at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on March 23, 2023, in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images )

Having signed last summer, Gnonto’s contract doesn’t expire until the summer of 2027. Hence, any club interested in signing him would have to make a lucrative offer in order to convince Leeds to sell him at the end of this season.

Should Potter Bring Him To Chelsea?

Gnonto is an excellent dribbler with the ball and has got the eye to play a decisive pass in the attacking end of the field. The Italian international can create space for himself to get a few shots in on-target. He can even contribute by scoring his fair share of goals from the wide areas and is versatile enough to play virtually anywhere in the final third.

Therefore, it makes sense for Graham Potter to recruit him as he would bring more competition to the frontline. The 19-year-old will only get better in the coming seasons, which makes him a decent choice for the West London giants in the long run.

Gnonto has got the potential to become a real star in the future. There is no doubt that he is a prospect to watch out for in the coming seasons. Thus, the Blues should try everything they can to lure the Italian whizkid to Stamford Bridge during the summer transfer window.

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