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Leeds fans could get glimpse of future forward line if ‘superb’ attacker and 18-year-old play tomorrow – opinion
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Leeds fans could get glimpse of future forward line if ‘superb’ attacker and 18-year-old play tomorrow – opinion

Leeds United fans are set to be starved of first-team action until October.

Jesse Marsch’s side were set to play Manchester United this weekend, but the match has been postponed.

This follows Leeds’ home match against Nottingham Forest also being moved last weekend.

The only action Leeds fans are going to see in that time is the under-21s.

It seems like there’s definitely an appetite for football at Elland Road.

Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Joe Donnohue reports that there could be a 10,000 person crowd for the under-21s clash against Southampton.

This is still someway short of the record attendance at a Leeds youth team game.

Last season, more than 21,000 people turned up to see Leeds’ reserve team, breaking the Premier League 2 record.

Those that turn up tomorrow night might get a taster of the future of Leeds United’s forward line.

Reports suggest that both Sonny Perkins and Wilfried Gnonto could play together, with both likely to be involved.

Perkins is set to play alongside the likes of Patrick Bamford and Luke Ayling, although it’s not clear who will start yet.

Gnonto is also ‘in contention’ for tomorrow, and if the pair turn out together, Leeds fans may see what they’ve got to look forward to for years to come.

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Perkins and Gnonto could play together

Sonny Perkins joined Leeds from West Ham in the summer, and became the latest youngster to leave another Premier League to move to Elland Road.

Following in Sam Greenwood’s steps when he left Arsenal, Perkins saw a better route to first-team football at Leeds.

Perkins has already seriously impressed some of Leeds’ coaching staff, and Marsch is keen to involve him in the first team.

The 18-year-old has lined up alongside Mateo Joseph in PL2 this season, and been nominated for player of the month.

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Gnonto is already an Italian international, and is now settling in at Thorp Arch.

The ‘very fast’ attacker tends to play in behind a striker, can play be deployed as a centre-forward.

The combination of Perkins and Gnonto playing together is an exciting one for Leeds fans.

Gnonto’s speed and composure on the ball plays into the strengths of Perkins, who’s an amazing finisher.

Leeds have so many talented young attackers, with Greenwood and Joe Gelhardt already in the senior squad.

Adding Gnonto and Perkins to that list soon could give Marsch some difficult but exciting decisions to make.

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