By Sam Stone

15th Oct, 2022 | 7:00am

View: Golden boy nominee Willy Gnonto is surely to see Leeds United first-team action soon

Leeds United youngster Willy Gnonto has been nominated for the Golden Boy 2022 award alongside some of the world’s best young talent.

Gnonto, 18, has played a lot of men’s first-team football for his tender age and has been shortlisted with the likes of Jude Bellingham, Karim Adeyemi, Jamal Muisiala, Pedri and Eduardo Camavinga.

Considering the recognition the youngster has received on an international scale, it’s still a real surprise that we haven’t seen him in first-team action for Jesse Marsch’s side as of yet.

Gnonto has recently made an international cameo against England and didn’t look out of place against Gareth Southgate’s side. He’s made an impression in Leeds’ impressive under-21s side but was surprisingly overlooked from the substitutes bench in the Yorkshire side’s 2-1 away defeat against Crystal Palace.

At a time when Marsch’s men needed a burst of energy and added attacking impetus, the American opted for more experience to be added to proceedings at Selhurst Park.

It’s hard to work out what more Gnonto must do to put himself in the first-team equation in Yorkshire. During Leeds’ under-21s Papa John’s Trophy fixture against Tranmere Rovers Gnonto demonstrated an excellent all-round display, displaying his dribbling ability (100 per cent success rate, Wyscout) and also his physical attributes (60 per cent duel success rate/ 70 per cent aerial success rate).

He has also recently scored the winner for Leeds’ youngsters in their PL2 division two fixture against Sunderland. This latest accolade needs to be a sign to Marsch to give him more exposure in and around the first team.

Compared to the likes of Joe Gelhardt, Crysencio Summerville and Sam Greenwood, Gnonto is the player that has played at by far the highest level. It’s certainly time that Marsch gives Leeds United fans what they all want.

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