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Mirco Antenucci is undoubtedly Leeds United's best summer signing

Why Mirco Antenucci is Leeds United's best summer signing.

When a team makes 15 summer signings, it's logical to think that picking the best one out after three months of football would be difficult.

In the case of Leeds United it's relatively easy, for there is one man who stands head and shoulders above his peers, Mirco Antenucci.

The Italian striker has become the team's top forward, filling the expensive shoes of Ross McCormack for a fraction of the price the former captain was sold to Fulham for.

At 30-years-old, Antenucci may not be a long-term cornerstone of the club, but for now he is matching or exceeding the high expectations placed upon him.

The forward is the club's top scorer to date with five goals, four of which have come in his last 10 games.

He is a player trusted by head coach Neil Redfearn to lead the line, doing so to great effect in the win over Blackpool, and is forging an effective partnership with fellow new boy Souleymane Doukara.

The striker told the club website last week: "I’m enjoying it in Leeds. My stay has gone very well so far - both in the city and with the team.

"It was an experience that I wanted to try in my life – the change in country and football. I’m very happy with my choice."

With fellow new boy Billy Sharp struggling with injuries, the form and reliability of Antenucci has been even more important to the club.

There are other players who make a case too. Giuseppe Bellusci has been spectacular at times, but too much of a liability defensively at others.

Adryan has the potential to be the very best, but he has only really featured over the last month and more would be needed before anointing such praise on him so early on.

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