Mirco Antenucci could have felt elated rather than just satisfied with more Leeds chances

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One of Leeds United's players should have been given far more chances in recent times.

Leeds United striker Mirco Antenucci recently told the club’s official website how it felt to get into double figures for the season, after the Italian scored his 10th goal of the campaign against Blackpool last weekend.

“10 goals for me brings me great satisfaction because it’s my first year in England,” the 30-year-old said.

But should it bring him satisfaction, or should it in fact only exacerbate any frustration he feels at not featuring more regularly.

After all, Antenucci has scored two goals in his last two matches, during only 43 minutes on the pitch (seven minutes against Fulham and 36 minutes against Blackpool).

You have to go back 14 games to find the last time the Leeds striker started a game in the Championship, and yet despite his goal-scoring record he remains if not an after-thought then certainly down the pecking-order.

It is a mystery likely to puzzle the majority of Leeds fans. Yes, Steve Morison is a presence but Antenucci is a goal-scorer and therein lays the difference.

The former has not scored all season while the latter is the club’s top-scorer despite being used so sparingly in recent times.

Anyone would be satisfied scoring 10 goals in a season but imagine how he might be feeling right now had he been picked regularly.

That satisfaction may have been replaced with elation, because if he had featured ahead of Morison, he could be well on his way to 20 or more.

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