The Leeds star who can consider himself their most unlucky player

Elland Road Revie Stand

Leeds United's Mirco Antenucci appears to be struggling to get a look in despite a decent first season in England.

Leeds United striker Mirco Antenucci has the right to believe he is the most unlucky player at Elland Road. 

The Italian striker has done little wrong at Leeds since arriving last summer, yet he appears to have fallen out of favour under the stewardship of Neil Redfearn.

Antenucci has not started a game since the middle of January, despite being Leeds' top goalscorer this campaign, and he has had to watch on as both Steve Morison and Billy Sharp appear to have jumped ahead of him in the selection order. 

It seems a bit harsh on a player who has actually acclimatised well to English football and has managed eight goals in 28 matches.

Considering a number of these appearances have come as a substitute, it is a tally which is fairly impressive and it is rather surprising to see him left out so regularly.

Although Redfearn has favoured picking British players during his time in charge, Antenucci looks one of their better imports and certainly seems more of a goal threat than any other player in their squad.

The 30-year-old may not be blessed with great pace, but he is clinical and if given a chance he is likely to take it. 

That makes him an appealing choice in a Leeds side who have started to forge more openings in recent weeks, as their confidence has grown.

The Whites have accelerated up the league since the turn of the year and although Antenucci won't feel like he has played a part in that rise, he has been unfortunate to not be in the team. 

The task for Antenucci now will be to make his own luck and start hitting the back of the net off the substitutes' bench, but he can justifiably feel hard done by that he hasn't got more game time this season. 

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