It was a tough year in the career of Leeds United and Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson. The forward arrived as Leeds’ first summer signing under Garry Monk and in the early stages it looked like a very good signing by the club. Nine months later we are questioning his future, but could the new Danish head-coach give him his second wind at the club?
Some people may say Sweden and Denmark have nothing to relate but the Scandinavian link shouldn’t be overlooked. Along with Antonsson is the crucial Pontus Jansson who doesn’t need a second wind at the football club and besides that we don’t have anyone from that part of Europe. Marcus Antonsson hit the ground running at the club scoring a few impressive goals in pre-season. As the season began he looked sharp and scored a crucial goal in the League Cup 1st round at Fleetwood to keep us in the tie, eventually winning the game. A lovely turn and rifle into the roof of the net really announced himself to the Leeds faithful and it would be much easier from there surely?
He removed Chris Wood from the starting eleven and scored again in the Yorkshire Derby when West met South at Sheffield Wednesday. His performances were good and he looked to be fitting in. As Chris Wood began to score and Garry Monk changed the system Marcus Antonsson was the man to fall foul of the changes. It was hard to justify playing him in all fairness as Leeds began to put wins and performances together and Chris Wood began smashing in goals on a regular basis. The performances stayed much the same until the last two months of the season and Chris Wood simply didn’t stop scoring goals, and Antonsson never got much of a look in.
There is potential there and Thomas Christiansen may look to get the best out of the Swedish forward. The options at the club are very limited as it stands, Chris Wood the only out-and-out striker apart from Antonsson and Souleymane Doukara the only other option in that role, something that he isn’t really suited to doing. If Christiansen sees potential in Antonsson then Leeds may yet see the value of the £1.8 million fee paid last summer, but if Antonsson can’t get going in pre-season it could be a case of trying to recoup some of the money paid out.