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Becchio v Antenucci: How former Leeds star is comparing to current for new side Rotherham

How Leeds United and Rotherham United forwards compare.


Leeds United made a splash in the transfer market this summer, but rejected the chance to sign former forward Luciano Becchio, who was made available by Norwich City.

He did return to Yorkshire, instead signing with newly promoted Championship side Rotherham United instead.

Leeds are presently putting their faith in new addition Mirco Antenucci, a signing from Italian side Ternana, and both players have netted two Championship goals each.

We took a look at how the players compared using Opta data from the season so far and the pair showed very different results, balanced in varying departments:

  Mins per GoalMins per ShotAssistMins per Key PassPassing AccuracyTacklesDribblesAppearances
Mirco Antenucci 347 38.56 1 86.75 78% 0 6 8
Luciano Becchio 124 31 0 124 52% 1 0 5

Becchio's goals have come at a faster rate, Antenucci averaging a strike every 347 minutes to his 124. The Rotherham forward also makes his attempts more frequently.

Antenucci's all round game however largely wins out. He is the only of the two players to register and assist, and creates a chance every 86 minutes rather than 124.

Crucially his passing is more accurate, ensuring Leeds retain possession, and his dribbling is also an asset, although no tackles won in eight games is a clear area for improvement. Becchio's one in five appearances is hardly much better.

Becchio took a while to get going this season, and the international break is coming at a bad time for his little run of form, so far, say the figures at least, the performances are evenly weighted, at least considering the importance placed on scoring.

Leeds face Rotherham after the international break, and Becchio's first game against his old club will be hotly contest, although he will have to be at his best to beat in-form goalkeeper Marco Silvestri.

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