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Would Leeds have finished higher if Mirco Antenucci had got more chances?

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One Leeds United player who rarely started in the second half of the campaign could have made a big difference to their final league position.

Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has done plenty of things right since he took permanent charge of the club earlier this season.

While it could be argued that Leeds have not made much progress in terms of overall league position in the Championship, ultimately finishing their campaign in 15th place, the simple fact is Redfearn has guided his side through a difficult time and worked relative wonders.

But there is one decision the Leeds boss made that does raise a few eyebrows, and that is the more recent use of Mirco Antenucci.

The 30-year-old ended the campaign as Leeds’ top goal-scorer, but eight of those came before Christmas.

Despite being an almost ever-present up until then, the Italian featured more as an impact sub in the second half of the campaign, with the rarely scoring Steve Morison picked ahead of him time and again.

Morison did a job for the side, but one wonders where Leeds would have finished if Antenucci had been allowed to maintain his momentum all season.

After all, for a player to be a club’s top-scorer when he only netted twice in 2015 speaks volumes about Leeds’ other striking options.

We will never know, but Leeds may well have finished considerably higher than 15th had Antenucci got closer to 20 than 10 for the season.

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