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Everton Are Eyeing A Move For This Leeds United Winger: Should Dyche Snap Him Up?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, iNews mentioned that Everton are eyeing a move for Leeds United winger Wilfried Gnonto this summer. It has been revealed that the Toffees are still showing interest in recruiting the Italian speedster before the end of this month.

Gnonto’s Impressive Run Of Form At Elland Road

Gnonto enjoyed a decent campaign at the West Yorkshire club recently but failed to help them avoid relegation from the Premier League. The 19-year-old featured in 29 matches for the Whites last season, scoring four goals and grabbing four assists across all fronts.

The Verbania-born sensation caught the eye with his performances in the final third based on his average of 0.9 shots, 0.9 key passes and 0.9 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He has even been tidy with his ball distribution after completing 77% of his attempted passes in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at Leeds United will run out in the summer of 2027. Hence, Everton would have to launch a big move if they want to land Gnonto in this ongoing transfer window.

Wilfried Gnonto
FLORENCE, ITALY – JUNE 13: Wilfried Gnonto of Italy warms up during an Italy Training Session at Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano on June 13, 2023 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Should Everton Boss Sean Dyche Snap Gnonto Up This Summer?

Gnonto is a decent dribbler with the ball at his feet and has got the eye to play a few decisive passes in the final third. He can even shoot the ball with power and accuracy from long range and can even chip in by scoring and creating his fair share of goals.

The Italian sensation is primarily a left-winger but can also function as a right-sided wide player or as a centre-forward if asked to do so.

We can expect Gnonto to inject more pace and goals into Everton head coach Sean Dyche’s frontline. He might even help the Toffees avoid getting into the Premier League’s relegation dog flight this season.

At 19, Gnonto has got the potential to become one of the best players in his position someday. Hence, the Merseyside club should go all out to snap the Leeds United star up before the end of this summer transfer window. Gnonto has got enough experience in the Premier League by now and won’t take time to settle into life at Goodison Park if Dyche can find a way to get a deal done for him soon.

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