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Redfearn believes Leeds striker has finally understood his important message

Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn says that Mirco Antenucci has got the message that he needs to fight for his place in the team.

Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has suggested on the club's official site that Mirco Antenucci has done his first-team chances no harm with his performance against Wolverhampton Wanderers last Monday.

Antenucci led the line during Leeds' 4-3 defeat against Wolves, and Redfearn was pleased with the impact that the striker made.

The 30-year-old didn't get on the scoresheet, but Redfearn still felt that he added something to the side and has suggested that he will remain in his starting line-up for the upcoming match against Cardiff City.

"To be fair to Mirco as well, he’d earned a recall. I like the fact that he’s getting to grips with what we want," Redfearn said. "He knows now he’s got to fight for his place and do the other stuff. He’s a goalscorer. On Monday, I thought his game got better and better and he led the line quite well. He’s done himself no harm."

Antenucci has suffered a frustrating spell recently, where he has been regularly kept on the sidelines, despite his impressive form in his first season in England.

The Italian forward is on 10 goals for the year and currently tops Leeds' scoring charts, yet he has still had to watch on as Steve Morison and Billy Sharp seemingly jumped ahead of him in the pecking order.

It appears that he has won his place in the team back now, though, and that suggests that reports in the Daily Star which stated that Redfearn had been told not to play Antenucci by the board may be wide of the mark.

If Antenucci does manage to hold down his place in the first-team, he will be looking to improve his goalscoring tally even further, as he looks to prove to Redfearn that he has the talent to warrant a permanent place in the Whites' starting line-up.

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