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Phil Hay believes forward will have to improve to play under Javi Gracia

The Athletic’s Phil Hay believes more teams are finding ways to stop Wilfried Gnonto and it is affecting Leeds United.

The forward has been one of Leeds’ best players this season, and is a fan favourite at Elland Road. Gnonto has two goals and one assist in the league, something which Hay believes the player must improve on:

“Gnonto is somebody they’re going to need some output from before the end of the season.

“I think what I’ve noticed from him, and I guess the issue for him, is that it does seem after that period where he could do no wrong and was having such a big impact on games it does seem as though analysts and managers across the league have applied a clear eye to that and said this is somebody we need to keep a handle on and somebody we need to negate, double up on and whatever it is we do to stop him having the freedom of the pitch.”

Gnonto has had two starts under Javi Gracia, but in both games he was taken off after just over an hour when the team was chasing the game. He came off the bench last weekend in the game against Chelsea.

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