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Leeds United news: Redfearn's warning for Antenucci and Doukara

The Leeds boss says Billy Sharp and Steve Morison will push the strikers all the way for a place in his starting XI.

Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn admits the starting places of both Mirco Antenucci and Souleymane Doukara are far from guaranteed at Elland Road.

The strike partners have made a bright start to life in Leeds, keeping Billy Sharp and Steven Morison out of Redfearn's side.

But the 49-year-old insists their 'good position' is not 100 per cent safe as there is plenty of competition for places up top.

“To be fair to Antenucci and Doukara, to say they’ve come from overseas and this is their first experience of the Championship, they’ve given a good account of themselves. They’ve put themselves in a good position," Redfearn is quoted as saying by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“But that’s not to say there isn’t competition. Billy’s a proven striker and Steve’s a proven striker and they’ve done it the right way in training, They’re competing and that’s what I want.”

  GoalsAssistsAppearancesMinutes Played
Mirco Antenucci 5 1 14 1,233
Souleymane Doukara 4 3 13 1,004
Billy Sharp 1 1 10 505
Steve Morison 0 1 5 175

As Opta stats show, Antenucci and Doukara are Leeds' front runners by some distance when it comes to producing in the final third.

The Italian is the Yorkshire side's top scorer, having also registered one assist so far this term. Doukara, meanwhile, has scored one less than Antenucci but has two more assists to his name.

Those statistics, however, are clearly the result of more playing time. Should either striker suffer a dip in form, Sharp and Morison will no doubt be ready to pounce...

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