The respective futures of Leeds United wingers Luis Sinisterra and Wilfried Gnonto were always going to be a hot topic for Whites boss Daniel Farke in his press conference this afternoon, and the fact that he is “pretty confident” both will remain at the club following the transfer deadline closing this evening will come as a relief to the Elland Road faithful.
Gnonto and Sinisterra are not the only members of Leeds’ forward line who have seen recent speculation concerning a move away, however, with winger Crysencio Summerville also receiving attention from Premier League side Burnley.
The Clarets’ interest in the Dutchman materialised in a reported £20m bid, one which was quickly turned down by the Whites who appear to have no desire to sell the 21-year-old.
Yet with the summer transfer window set to slam shut at 11pm this evening, there are worries amongst the Leeds fanbase that a last-minute swoop could be made for Summerville’s fellow forward players, Gnonto and Sinisterra.
To lose either would come as something of a blow as the window nears its conclusion, with the technical ability of both players having the potential to be a nightmare for Championship defences.
When asked in his pre-match press conference today about whether both Sinisterra and Gnonto would still be Leeds players following the deadline, Farke was quick to reassure Whites supporters of his confidence that they would remain at Elland Road.
“I’m pretty confident [that both Gnonto and Sinisterra will remain at Leeds].
“In this business you can’t give a guarantee but we have survived the last eight weeks without any problems.
“When you compare our situation eight weeks ago with the squad situation now I think we’re looking in a really good place so I’m pretty sure we’ll survive the last eight hours.”
Retaining the services of both Gnonto and Sinisterra this window would prove a massive boost in Leeds’ promotion hopes this season as they search for an immediate return to the Premier League.
Leeds host Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road tomorrow afternoon, with the Owls yet to register a win in the league so far this term.