Former Leeds United target Josip Ilicic continues recent upturn in form with Europa League strike

The Slovenian was a target when countryman Darko Milanic was in charge.

Under the management of Darko Milanic at Leeds United one player was always likely to be linked with the club. Leeds have exploited the Italian market since the takeover of Massimo Cellino and with Milanic's Slovenian heritage Josip Ilicic was always likely to become a 'target'. In October the Daily Star reported that the club were ready to make a move for the player, with Slovenian boss Milanic ready to link up with his comrade.

But Milanic lasted just six games and after he left any move for Ilicic became increasingly unlikely.

The reason they could have got hold of him in the first place was his poor form for Fiorentina and struggle for first-team football.

He featured sporadically for the club at the start of the season, often as a substitute.

But in recent weeks he has certainly looked like he is rediscovering his best form.

The former Leeds United target has featured in five games for the club already this month, including last night in the Europa League against Italian rivals Roma.

He continued his recent renaissance by scoring the opening goal in the game, which La Viola eventually drew 1-1 with the Gialorossi in Florence.

It is good to see this talented player rediscovering something like his best form even if it is not in a Leeds shirt.

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