Do Antenucci's quotes prove Redfearn was right about him all along?

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The Leeds striker has been dicussing his game and how it suits the Yorkshire side.

Leeds United forward Mirco Antenucci says his style of football suits both the Championship and Serie B but admits that is only true in a 4-4-2 system, according to Calcio 24 news.

Indeed, the Italian admits English football is more physical than in his native country, making it more difficult for him - unless there are two up top.

But isn't that what Neil Redfearn had been saying all along last term...?

Antenucci said: "My style of play is good for both championships, because English football is more physical than ours but there are also players with my characteristics, since many teams play with the 4-4-2 and with my characteristics."

Leeds, of course, didn't play 4-4-2 for most of last season, leading to some of the 30-year-old's weaknesses being exposed and his then head coach criticising him for it.

Indeed, after the 2-1 loss to Cardiff City last season, Redfearn told reporters: "You're looking for more off Mirco.

"It's alright saying that he can't play that lone striker role but that's the system we're playing. He's got to find it, he's got to go and find it within himself. He's got to do more, the ball has got to stick when it goes into him, he's got to get his body in the way. He's going to get kicked and he's got to be brave."

Interestingly, new boss Uwe Rosler is a fan of the 4-3-3 system, which could mean more competition for a forward who will frequent the middle all by himself.

Should the system be switched to 4-4-2 with someone in and alongside Antenucci, of course, the Italian will be - by his own admission - better suited to Leeds' style of play.

Redfearn's suggestions, however, have now more or less been backed up by Antenucci himself. Another piece of wisdom the former Leeds boss can feel vindicated by. But another piece of wisdom he was obviously never going to get any credit for under Massimo Cellino.

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