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Is Mirco Antenucci set to benefit from his new Leeds manager's preferred formation?

The new Leeds United boss is hoping to play 4-4-2 as much as possible.

New Leeds United manager Steve Evans has been speaking to the club’s official website about his preferred formation, although he admitted he may have to change that now and again depending on the players at his disposal.

When Uwe Rosler arrived at Elland Road he came with the philosophy of 4-3-3 but rather than bringing excitement and goals aplenty, it is a formation that has left Leeds 18th in the Championship after 11 matches played.

“In an ideal world we’d love to play 4-4-2 with two strikers up the pitch and two wide players who can get up and down the pitch,” Evans told leedsunited.com.

Evans’ first task is to ensure Leeds get a quick third win of the season under their belts, preferably against Fulham on Wednesday, and some of the Whites’ stars could benefit from a change of formation.

Mirco Antenucci is the most likely to benefit – a striker who deserves to start more often than not but has too often played second-fiddle to Chris Wood this season.

The time has come to play both men together – and ultimately to give young forward Lee Erwin more chances when he returns from his loan spell – and a switch to 4-4-2 would make that happen.

Of all the players who could benefit from this formation change, Antenucci surely heads the list.

The Italian may only have three goals to date this season but when played regularly he could be the difference that helps fire Leeds back up the table.

After all, there are few clubs in the Championship who have two such prolific goal-scorers as Wood and Antenucci in their squad and the time has come to unleash them together.

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