Antenucci reveals why Leeds United must be in Premier League

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Leeds forward Mirco Antenucci wants the club to reach the Premier League.

Antenucci has been a mainstay in the side tormented by craziness this season, having made 14 Championship starts under four different managers.

Having transferred from Italian side Ternana over the summer, the 30-year-old made his debut in a 4-1 defeat at Watford under Dave Hockaday, keeping his place in the starting XI under caretaker boss Neil Redfearn and his successor Darko Milanic, before making his most recent appearance at the weekend, scoring the third goal in the Whites 3-1 victory over Blackpool - with Redfearn in permanent charge.

He has five goals this season, with three in his last six games after a slow start in Yorkshire, and, despite arriving at Elland Road late in his career, and with no pre-season behind him, the forward has been an impressive acquisition of the Massimo Cellino regime.

However, Antenucci’s goals have had little impact upon the Whites league position this term, with the club still sitting in the bottom half of the Championship table. 20 points from 17 games leave the club closer to the relegation places than the play-offs, but a couple of strong performances in the wake of Redfearn’s full-time appointment have given hope that the former academy coach will kick-start Leeds’ season, with a push for the Premier League the main aim outlined by Cellino upon his purchase of the club.

Antenucci is another Elland Road man keen to see the Premier League return to the Yorkshire-based club, and he told the official Leeds website that the ‘incredible’ support of the club is deserving of top flight football.

“The fans are incredible,” the former Italian youth international said.

“In the Championship with 25,000 fans is incredible. It’s their team.

“They’re proud, the fans. I would like us to be in the Premier League because they’re fantastic.

“When we play at Elland Road, it is very emotional and very beautiful.”

Leeds are well regarded for having one of the best fanbases outside of the Premier League, and they will hold the record for largest away attendance this season when the Whites travel to Blackburn on November 22 - with roughly 5,700 tickets already sold for the clash.

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