Leeds legend backs Mirco Antenucci to replace 'talismanic' Ross McCormack

Ross McCormack injured for Leeds United

Leeds legend Eddie Gray believes Mirco Antenucci can replace Ross McCormack at Elland Road.

Leeds United face Fulham at Elland Road on Saturday, and the game sees Ross McCormack make his first return to the club since joining the Cottagers this summer.

The Scotland international smashed 58 goals in 154 games for Leeds, before completing a stunning £11m move to West London upon Fulham's relegation.

Leeds were supposed to miss McCormack this season, but whilst he has scored three goals and assisted seven, his replacements Mirco Antenucci and Souleymane Doukara have combined for 15 goals in all competitions.

The Elland Road faithful have new heroes in attack, and Leeds legend Eddie Gray believes that Italian Antenucci is the perfect replacement for the 'talismanic' McCormack.

"Antenucci has done well and is a good player and a good finisher and it would not surprise you if he ended up scoring 20 goals this season," said Gray.

"Like Ross, if Antenucci gets the opportunity in front of goal, he will stick the ball in the back of the net. It will be interesting to see the two of them up against each other."

"Both him and Ross are sharp in and around the box, with good feet. Antenucci is a good striker of the ball with two feet and Ross was like that as well. They are also roughly the same size and rely on their technical ability rather than brute strength," he added.

With four goals in his last four games, Antenucci is in superb form, and will be looking to add to that tally against Fulham, whilst the reaction to McCormack's return should be interesting as Leeds look to bounce back from last weekend's 4-1 defeat to Ipswich Town.

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