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Is the player Neil Redfearn wants to sign for Leeds sitting on the bench?

Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn says he wants a striker, but what about Mirco Antenucci?

Leeds United's solid display against Nottingham Forest was not rewarded with a goal, and Steve Morison's awful shot going out for a throw-in summed up their woes.

It has prompted head coach Neil Redfearn to discuss the need to sign a new striker in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Fulham game, quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post, his mind focused by going up against last season's 28-goal forward Ross McCormack.

And it's safe to say Serie B loanee Edgar Cani has not worked out since arriving mid-season, failing to earn a starting spot.

One import from Italy who has proved his worth is Mirco Antenucci, and with greater faith the bearded forward could yet be what Redfearn is looking for.

Despite not starting a Championship game in 2015, Antenucci remains Leeds' top scorer with eight goals, level with midfielder Alex Mowatt.

He has had to make do with the scraps of late substitute appearances since, as Redfearn keeps faith with Morison, and latterly an improvement in Billy Sharp. These have often come out of position on the wing, not playing to his strengths.

Antenucci scored 19 goals in Italy last season and unlike Cani, is a natural goalscorer. His tally over the first half of the season gave hope he could score a similar figure this campaign, only to have the rug pulled from beneath his feet.

The striker has paid for a one month slump in December, in which he scored only once, by losing his first team place for the following three months.

At 30-years-old he may not be the long-term solution, but constant chopping and changing of players allows little chance for progression. Leeds and Redfearn need to look more closely at what they have in Antenucci before investing whatever cash they have this summer on a player who may not be an upgrade.

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