Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn has explained what current striker Mirco Antenucci does differently to former striker Ross McCormack.
The pair are likely to be in direct competition this weekend as Leeds host Fulham, looking to make up for a disappointing defeat against Ipswich Town last weekend.
Redfearn has praised the impact McCormack had at the club, but has suggested Antenucci gives the Whites different options up front.
“Ross is an outstanding talent. He was a great servant to Leeds United, he had a great season last season,” Redfearn told the Leeds website.
“But I think Mirco is capable of doing the same thing. He’s a different type of player, he’s a little bit more mobile and he gets in behind people.”
“They’re both similar, they’re both technically gifted and if you stick them in front of goal they can finish.”
Antenucci has taken a while to find his best form for Leeds, but he stands a great chance of reaching double figures in the league before the turn of the year which would be a positive achievement.
The recent defensive records of both Leeds and Fulham haven’t been too impressive and Redfearn is wary of his team presenting McCormack with chances, which could hurt the side as they go after three points.
“So we’re mindful of that with Ross on Saturday and it’s something that we’ve got to be switched on to.
“But on the other hand as well, we’ve got to make sure we keep putting Mirco in front of goal. Because if we put him in front of goal enough times he’ll score.”
Fortunately for Leeds, they know all about the player they sold to Fulham for £11 million last summer and they can use that to their advantage, with Redfearn likely to have worked on ideas to keep McCormack quiet throughout the past week.