Photo: Leeds top scorer Mirco Antenucci gets trademark beard shaved off

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Leeds United's top scorer has shaved off his trademark beard.

Leeds United striker Mirco Antenucci is having a change - finally shaving off his beard.

The Italian declared the decision to change his appearance via his Instagram page, uploading a photo.

Antenucci has settled well at Leeds since arriving in the summer, scoring eight Championship goals, leading the team.

It's possible his desire to give the beard a chop comes out of superstition - for he has not scored since the 4-1 loss away to Ipswich over a month ago.

The 30-year-old was even dropped for the last Championship game away at Bolton, and may be hoping a change of appearance brings about an upturn in fortunes.

Leeds could really do with him getting back to his best, as they haven't looked like the same side since his goals dried up.

Neil Redfearn's side sit one place above the drop zone, and haven't won since Antenucci's brace saw off high-flying Derby in late November. Leeds host Birmingham City this Saturday, and whether the Italian striker returns to the starting line-up is sure to be one of the big talking points ahead of the contest.

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