Leeds striker Marcus Antonsson has left the club to join League One Blackburn with two weeks left in the window. Antonsson isn’t in the plans at Leeds under Thomas Christiansen and another season sat in the stands wouldn’t benefit anyone.
Antonsson arrived from Sweden last season for a fee of around £2 million and early signs were that it may be money well spent. A stoppage time equaliser at Fleetwood to spare us the embarrassment of being knocked out followed a few weeks later by a diving header in front of the Leeds fans at Hillsborough and all seemed well. However that was about as good as the season got for Antonsson. He fell foul of the 4-2-3-1 system and was dropped, making way for a number 10 who would play in behind the ever improving Chris Wood.
Antonsson netted twice in the cups, a tap in against Norwich in the League Cup and he just about got the goal away at Cambridge although Stuart Dallas probably had something to say about it. He rarely made the bench and despite the lack of quality in the play Monk refused to go two up front and Antonsson was made to play in the under 23’s. He started a few games this pre-season but it became quite clear he wasn’t in the plans under Thomas Christiansen. He had the number 10 shirt taken off him and given to new signing Ezgjan Alioski earlier this summer.