They miss Leeds star Antenucci - Italian pundit on Serie B side's campaign

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Impact of sale of Leeds United star being felt in Italy.

Mirco Antenucci has emerged as a real Leeds star in recent weeks, flourishing under Neil Redfearn.

He has scored two in his last two games, also providing an assist in the derby win over Huddersfield.

Antenucci was a summer signing from Italian side Ternana, costing in the region of £600,000.

While Leeds are reaping the benefit of the addition at present, Ternana are also doing well over in Serie B, sitting fourth in the table after four games. A win-win all round? Not according to everybody.

Last season he struck 19 goals for the club in 40 games in the division, and there is still a perception he has not been effectively replaced, with Ternana unable to find the net, only drawing 0-0 with Brescia at the weekend.

Italian pundit Andrea Agostinelli told Tuttomercatoweb: "I really like the fact that it is a complete team and has determination, which is a very important component for the Serie B. I do not see major weaknesses, perhaps however there is not the player like Antenucci who scored almost 20 goals."

At any level, prolific forwards are hard to find, and in Ternana's case, they let Antenucci go far too easily.

If he can go onto score a similar number for Leeds this season, it will reinforce why clubs prefer to shop abroad, and avoid the extortionate prices paid for British players, a case in point the £11 million fee Leeds received for Ross McCormack.

 

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