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Leeds new boy: I don't know if we'll succeed

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Leeds United's new striker Mirco Antenucci has said that he doesn't know if the Whites will meet expectations this season because of all the new arrivals.

Leeds United newboy Mirco Antenucci admits that he doesn’t know whether Leeds’ experiment will work.

The Italian striker is one of 15 new additions made this season as Massimo Cellino looks to stamp his influence on the Whites’ squad.

Already there is a cosmopolitan feel to the team, as a number of new recruits have been brought in from across the continent over the summer.

It is a huge overhaul of the Yorkshire club’s squad and one which has already raised concerns.

The sheer mass of players which have came in this summer mean that there has to be some sort of transitional period as they adapt and it not something Leeds can afford.

The Whites have started the season poorly and, after sacking their manager, the unsettled feeling around Elland Road has hardly been reduced.

Antenucci’s comments do little to appease these supporters’ concerns either, even if he has set his aim high for the campaign.

He said to gianlucadimarzio.com: “I don’t know if we’ll succeed in the first year because we changed a lot, but this city deserves more than Championship."

“My goal is to have a great season with the team in order to gain the promotion.”

The former Ternana forward has already made two appearances for his new side and is hoping to impress.

His first display came in non-ideal circumstances, as his side went down 4-1 to Watford, but his home debut will be a happier memory as Leeds were able to get the three points against Bolton thanks to a 1-0 win.

It is a victory that Whites' fans are hoping well kick-start their season and put any doubts in their, and seemingly the players’, minds to rest.

Antenucci does a least seem to be settling in well to his new surroundings and the positive of bringing in a host of Italian compatriots is that it is helping the adapting period for them in a new country is made easier as a result.

“Very important [that there are a lot of Italians in the squad]: besides creating a good relationship, we help each other off the pitch too,” Antenucci revealed. “It’s a bit tough with the language but the English players help us.”

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