It’s been a strange old start to the Leeds United career for Swedish import Marcus Antonsson. The striker who signed from Kalmar FF impressed during pre-season before arriving with a bang in the League Cup, swivelling and rifling home a wonderful strike to save the day at Fleetwood. Since then it hasn’t quite taken off, but today saw him net 3 goals against local rivals Huddersfield for the under 23’s.
A £2 million price-tag in the Championship isn’t uncommon, in actual fact it’s a small price to pay for a player who is expected to bring you the goals. Marcus Antonsson certainly possesses raw ability but he’s still looking to adapt to this level and the new challenges it brings. Will he be a success? Time will tell but he has shown glimpses of the player we want to see since arriving. If not his goal at Fleetwood then the header at Sheffield Wednesday should have given him the confidence to kick on in a Leeds shirt. It hasn’t and that coupled with the brilliant form of Chris Wood has meant short cameos are all he’s getting.
Inches, that’s how far he was to bending home a lovely effort at Derby after the last international break and since then we have barely seen him. Indeed in his only start since then he bagged a poachers goal to equalise against Norwich in the League Cup. Tonight he got a chance in the under 23’s, along with Alex Mowatt, Toumani Diagouraga and Tyler Denton. He did himself no harm at all, getting a hat-trick that Monk will be sure to notice. Time is on his side but he will need more time to learn and adapt to everything Leeds United before we potentially see the best of him. I have high hopes.