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Marcus Antonsson admits he has no idea where he will play next season

The Swedish striker has enjoyed his spell at Blackburn Rovers, but does he have a Leeds United future?

Mathew Coull

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Marcus Antonsson has had a good week. The Swedish striker won promotion with Blackburn Rovers after a 1-0 win against Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday night. It means they are now in a straight shoot-out with Wigan Athletic for the League One title.

But what next for Antonsson?

Whilst he may have won promotion with Blackburn, he is in fact on loan at the club from Leeds United.

Antonsson joined Leeds in the summer of 2016, arriving at the club whilst the current top scorer in the Swedish top flight.

However, despite his excellent form in Sweden, the forward found it difficult to translate his form from Scandinavia to the Championship.

After falling down the pecking order at Elland Road he was allowed to join Blackburn in the summer. After a campaign in which he scored eight goals in 33 games, Antonsson has an interesting summer ahead of him.

But speaking to Fotbollskanalen he admitted he was not yet sure where his future lied. The 26-year-old stated:

“I only know that I have a year left for the deal with Leeds, and that’s what I’m talking about. If something else pops up, you can get it from there. We have not yet talked to them or the like.

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“I know that those discussions (with Blackburn) will come in the future. They have not begun yet either…

“I have one year left on the contract with Leeds, which is also a fantastic club. I will, of course, do everything for them too, if I come back there. However, I do not really know what will happen.”

It will certainly be interesting to see what Leeds United do with Antonsson. The Swede arrived with high hopes in 2016 but only managed one league goal last term.

He has also struggled with niggling injuries throughout his time in English football, which will not leave Leeds over-enamoured with the idea of keeping him.

The fact is, an eight-goal season in League One is not likely to be enough to convince Leeds United to give Antonsson another chance next season.

Of course, they could give him the pre-season to prove himself. But Antonsson has looked far from the man who managed 25 goals in 46 games for Kalmar and was on the brink of the Swedish national team.

Despite their own striking woes, Antonsson looks unlikely to get a chance at Leeds next season

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Derby County

Sam Winnall to Stoke looks inevitable after Gary Rowett arrival

Josh Kerr

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Gary Rowett’s move to Stoke City from Derby County has added further fuel to the fire regarding Sam Winnall’s future and a potential move to Staffordshire for the new season.

The two have previously been together during their time at Burton Albion, and Rowett opted to bring the 27-year-old to Pride Park on a loan deal this season.

Winnall scored four goals in 16 Championship games for Sheffield Wednesday after arriving at Hillsborough in January 2017 from local rivals Barnsley.

He was underwhelming for the Owls initially and hence the club decided to loan him to his former manager.

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Nonetheless, he has enjoyed some success at Derby this season, winning the club’s Goal of the Season award for his memorable strike against Ipswich Town back in December.

Injury has restricted Winnall to just six Championship starts but despite his time spent on the sidelines, the fans have enjoyed the Englishman’s time at Pride Park and are crying out for him to stay.

Nonetheless, Rowett’s move to Stoke was the icing on the cake for Wednesday supporters and unsurprisingly talk of a switch to the Bet365 Stadium has surfaced on social media.

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Leeds United

Leeds United should bring in free agent Nick Townsend

The former Barnsley goalkeeper has worked under Leeds United boss Paul Heckingbottom previously.

Mathew Coull

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Leeds United are said to be in the hunt for a new goalkeeper this summer. Last summer’s recruits Felix Wiedwald and Andy Lonergan both proved unsuccessful and could find themselves leaving this summer. The former is expected to return to Germany whilst the latter was offered to Sunderland in the winter but pulled the plug on the deal.

At the moment, youngster Bailey Peacock-Farrell is the number one stopper at Leeds and he has performed valiantly since being given the role.

But new recruits are expected this summer, with the likes of Angus Gunn and David Stockdale already being mentioned.

Leeds should, however, look closer to home and bring in Nick Townsend this summer.

Many Leeds fans will now be shouting who? The 23-year-old stopper is currently a free agent, with his contract at Barnsley being terminated this summer.

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He joined Barnsley from Birmingham City in 2015 and went on to play 18 games for the club in three seasons, including some under the guidance of current Leeds boss Paul Heckingbottom.

Heckingbottom was a big fan of Townsend’s, who he trusted as his main back-up stopper during his time at Oakwell. Townsend, who made the news after injuring his finger in a training ground bust-up with a team-mate earlier this year, is now on the hunt for a new challenge.

Leeds could be the perfect location. Of course, Townsend should not be considered a number one goalie. But if Leeds are to lose both Wiedwald and Lonergan this summer then they may need two new keepers in the door.

Townsend is a reliable option when called upon and one who Heckingbottom knows well and can trust.

Bringing him into the Leeds squad would be a fine piece of business as it would certainly strengthen what is a weak area of the Leeds United first-team.

It is not a deal that will blow you away, but bringing in Townsend would be a smart piece of business for Leeds United.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers

Giorgian de Arrascaeta signing would represent transfer of intent from Wolves

Josh Kerr

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According to Fox Sports Brazil, Wolverhampton Wanderers are weighing up a bid for World Cup bound-midfielder Giorgian de Arrascaeta.

The Uruguay international, an attacking midfielder with 13 caps for his national side, is attracting the attention of many European sides who are hoping to lure him away from the Brazilian league ahead of the summer World Cup.

Wolves fans will be delighted to see themselves linked with another established name in world football and will look to the success of star man Ruben Neves as inspiration for the move.

The former Porto star was a revelation at Wolves this season, scoring six goals along the way, and was nominated for both the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Season in the Championship. Neves’s success will give fans every bit of hope that De Arrascaeta would have a similar fate should he sign for the high-achieving club.

The current Cruzeiro player has spent the last three seasons playing in Brazil’s top flight, making 73 appearances and scoring 16 goals, after making the move from Defensor Sporting in Uruguay.

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The midfielder’s attacking flair could match that of Diego Jota, whose permanent deal from at Molineux, from Atletico Madrid, hasn’t yet been confirmed.

He would be the perfect addition for the Midlands outfit as they look to restablish themselves in England’s top-flight and ensure their continued Premier League status.

It is important that the deal gets done quickly as De Arrascaeta will soon be turning his attention to the World Cup and interest in his services is only likely to increase.

He signed a contract extension in February which runs until 2021, but the luxury of the Premier League may be enough to tempt the young Uruguayan to the Championship winners this summer.

If he signs, he would prove another useful attacking option, especially if Jota remains at the club.

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