By Noel Whelan

11th Nov, 2022 | 4:02pm

Leeds United employee: Wilfried Gnonto set to be unleashed after early team news

Wilfried Gnonto could make his first Leeds United start against Tottenham on Saturday (12 November), according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Whites striker and club ambassador insisted Gnonto will get more minutes against Tottenham.

The 19-year-old has featured from the bench in Leeds’ last three games across all competitions.

He registered his first Premier League assists with the pass for Crysencio Summerville’s vital winner in their 4-3 victory over Bournemouth at Elland Raod last weekend (5 November).

But that wasn’t enough to earn a place in the starting line-up for the 1-0 defeat to Wolves in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday (9 November) despite Jesse Marsch making 10 changes.

As quoted by the Independent ahead of the game, Marsch hinted the Italy international was set to start at Molineux.

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Asked whether that could mean Gnonto starts against Tottenham, Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Ewan Kingsbury: “Yes, there’s a possibility.

“It would have been nice to have got through that round because it’s very stop-start at the moment with a win then a loss. I think winning is a good habit to have, it breeds confidence throughout and you had an opportunity to go far in a cup competition where a lot of the big teams had been knocked out.

“When it comes to the players they understand it’s about trying to keep certain players fresh because when it comes to the Premier League it is more important than a League Cup run.

“Going to Tottenham, you need to have as many fit players as possible.

“Whether he starts or not, he’s going to get some minutes for sure.

“We need to spread the game time out amongst the players and it’s really good that some of the younger players got some action in that cup competition.”

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