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Marcus Antonsson: Garry Monk’s first signing for Leeds United is finally showcasing his ability

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Marcus Antonsson: Garry Monk’s first signing for Leeds United is finally showcasing his ability

The Swedish striker did not make it at Leeds United but is proving himself at Malmo.

Leeds United felt they had signed a potentially dangerous Championship striker when Marcus Antonsson arrived in 2016 from Kalmar. It was a deal that could have, eventually, cost them £2 million, according to the Yorkshire Post. It was a deal which Garry Monk and assistant Pep Clotet were very pleased with. The Spaniard had been his manager at Halmstads previously.  Antonsson was, in fact, Monk’s first signing as Leeds boss.


“He scores goals, has great movement and he has the mentality to be able to adapt to this league.

“The club has watched a lot of him, I’ve watched a lot of him and I felt he’d be a good fit for Leeds United.”

– Garry Monk after signing Antonsson


He was the Swedish league’s top-scorer at the time and looked a potent threat. However, injury trouble and the changing of managers left Antonsson in limbo at Elland Road. After spending last season on loan at Blackburn Rovers he returned to Sweden, joining Malmo in the summer.

But he is again showing why Leeds United originally took a punt on him.

LEEDS, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 25: Marcus Antonsson of Leeds United (L) celebrates scoring his sides first goal with his team mate Alex Mowatt of Leeds United (R) during the EFL Cup fourth round match between Leeds United and Norwich City at Elland Road on October 25, 2016 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Antonsson is currently in incredible form for the Swedish side.

 

The 27-year-old is on a scoring streak which has taken his tally to 11 goals in 21 games this season, including four in his last four games.

Such form has even seen Malmo fighting to keep the player. FotbolDirekt recently reported that his form is attracting plenty of interest across Europe, just five months after he left West Yorkshire.

Leeds fans often felt there was certainly a player to be nurtured in the Swedish striker. However, he never really got the chance to thrive at Elland Road.

Now he is showing just why Leeds decided to swoop.

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