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Sam Allardyce already a big fan of youngster before taking over Leeds

Sam Allardyce spoke positively about Leeds United youngster Wilfried Gnonto even before he took over the club.

The 68-year old was announced as the new Leeds coach, taking over from Javi Gracia who departed the club today. Allardyce’s last job was as West Brom manager in 2021.

Gnonto had just 146 minutes under Gracia since the international break. This came as a huge surprise to fans as the Italian had been one of their best performing players this season. Allardyce had this to say on his podcast about Gnonto last week:

“There are a couple of players who in my opinion should be playing. Wilfried Gnonto, the young Italian kid,”

“Fantastic. He’s so positive, so driven, so direct with the ball, he gets the play up the field and he doesn’t mind defending as well.”

With a manager that believes in him, Leeds fans will be hopeful Gnonto can help Big Sam fire the club to Premier League survival. The Whites have four games to save their season.

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