May 24, 2024

Leeds United will be discussing contracts as the season’s conclusion draws near.

Leeds has six players whose contracts expire in the summer: Jamie Shackleton, Liam Cooper, Stuart Dallas, Sam Byram, and out-on-loan players Lewis Bate and Luke Ayling.

Bate, Ayling, Cooper, and Dallas appear to have reached the end of their Leeds careers, although Byram and Shackleton’s futures are less definite. Considering their wounds, it wouldn’t be shocking if they also fled.

Nonetheless, Leeds has been working over the past few months to give new, long-term contracts to some of its most gifted young players; Archie Gray and Mateo Joseph are two examples of those players.

Though it was said to be near, Willy Gnonto had been reported as next in line, but nothing has happened on that front in the past few weeks.

Graeme Bailey, a transfer analyst, provided LeedsUnited.News with an update on Gnonto’s position and said that terms “were virtually agreed,” suggesting that a new agreement is likely.

Summerville’s close friend Gnonto may soon sign a new contract with Leeds, according to Graeme Bailey. He stated: “Yeah, it was close, I was told.” We had essentially agreed on terms with him. Leeds didn’t believe he was going anywhere at the time. In the summer, I believe they will just sit down and reevaluate. While reaching an agreement with the representatives and all, that is all well and good, the athlete must also sign it.

“I think Leeds will be back in the Premier League with him now that he is looking much happier under Daniel Farke and where Leeds are going. He is good friends with Summerville, so there is every chance if you go up he signs a new deal.”

Gnonto’s new contract is a fitting reward for his recent performance.
Gnonto had been experiencing serious form issues at the time that rumors of a new deal were circulating. Regular starts had been difficult to come by because of Dan James and Summerville’s performances.

Nevertheless, James’ injury opened the door for the 20-year-old, and it’s safe to say he took advantage of it, scoring six goals in his previous nine league games.

Gnonto had been seemed to be struggling with the events of the summer, but they now seems to be well behind him, and it is encouraging to see him playing with assurance once more.

He deserves a new contract for his resilient performance at Leeds, and hopefully one will be offered shortly to deflect any interest he may be receiving elsewhere.

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