Former Sheffield United and Everton winger Peter Beagrie has given his take on the Mirco Antenucci situation at Leeds United on Sky Sports.
Last week, The Sun reported that Leeds head coach Neil Redfearn has been told by his bosses that he cannot pick the Italian striker.
The reason given by the British tabloid was that the 2014 summer signing is two goals away from triggering a bonus clause in his contract.
It means that Antenucci would automatically get a one-year contract extension and cash bonus, something the Leeds bosses allegedly did not want.
However, the Italian striker was back in the Whites’ starting line-up for Monday’s Championship clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers away from home.
Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the encounter at Molineux, Beagrie made his opinion clear about the situation regarding Antenucci.
“That is so demeaning for Leeds United when you are trying to get as many points as you possible can, and then you have got to deal with one of your top-scoring strikers just because of a contract situation,” the 49-year-old told Sky Sports. “It’s ridiculous really.”
It is indeed a strange and unsettling situation at Leeds, although it has not been formally confirmed by the West Yorkshire club.
Antenucci has not been in exactly great form this season, but the 30-year-old is a reliable player who has done his best when called upon.
In 34 Championship appearances so far this season, the former Ternana star has scored 10 goals and created 22 chances, while having a pass accuracy of 79% and a shot accuracy of 48%.
However, with Redfearn now seemingly okay to use the services of Antenucci, it appears that the situation is getting better.