Leeds United caretaker boss Neil Redfearn has revealed the extra efforts Mirco Antenucci has been making to settle in at the club.
Leeds United caretaker manager Neil Redfearn has praised the way Mirco Antenucci has made an extra effort to fit into the first team at Elland Road.
The 30-year-old forward only moved to the club earlier this summer and he scored an important goal in the 3-1 win at Bournemouth last night.
Redfearn was obviously delighted with the performance and revealed that Antenucci has been making an extra effort to fit in at the club and into the English game in general.
“The Italians are buying into what we are doing and it is a pleasure to watch and work with. Mirco is doing English lessons, he even understands a few swear words now, they love the game,” he said.
Antenucci’s goal should keep him in the side for the game against Huddersfield this weekend where he should be looking to extend his goalscoring form.
The fact he’s learning English is a positive sign for many reasons as it creates benefits which will only help him and the team.
Firstly, it will help him to greater understand what his manager is asking him to do all over the pitch.
That will allow Redfearn to point out weakness in the opposition more effectively, which the striker may not have picked up on.
It will also allow him to communicate with his teammates more effectively, which should allow him to understand the various runs and movement of other players as well as instant instructions from teammates during a game.
It was his first Championship goal for the club and if he can quickly accelerate towards double figures over the first half of the season, Leeds can continue climbing the table in the right direction.