Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn has spoken highly of forward Mirco Antenucci to LUTV.
Antenucci is one of the key players in the current Leeds squad and has scored 10 goals in 32 Championship appearances so far this season.
The Italian has also created 21 chances and has a pass accuracy of 80% in those matches, making himself a reliable player for Redfearn.
The 30-year-old has been in and out of the team in recent months, and Redfearn is pleased to see the 2014 summer signing’s professionalism.
“We have made it a common theme that the players need to fight to get into the team,” the Englishman told LUTV.
“If you look at someone like Mirco Antenucci for example… He has been out of the picture. Now he is battling to fight and get back in, nicked a couple of goals.
“He is a good example of the kind of people we have with the mindset that you have got to work hard and do the right things to get into the team.”
It is interesting that Redfearn chose Antenucci as an example of the attitude of the current Leeds team.
Antenucci has been hitting the headlines since yesterday, when news emerged that the Leeds bosses have ordered Redfearn not to play him.
According to The Sun, Antenucci is two goals away from triggering a bonus clause in his contract, which means that he would automatically get a one-year contract extension and cash bonus.
The British tabloid also claimed that Redfearn has been ordered by chairman Andrew Umbers not to pick the Italian, as the club do not want Antenucci’s bonus clause to become active.
However, Umbers has told West Yorkshire Sport that this is not the case.