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Leeds head coach Steve Evans impressed by incredible Mirco Antenucci statistic

Mirco Antenucci

Leeds head coach Steve Evans is impressed with Mirco Antenucci's commitment.

Mirco Antenucci is revelling in getting the chance to play in Steve Evans' two-striker system at Leeds United.

Under former boss Uwe Rosler the Italian was confined the bench and playing a role as a substitute in the closing stages of games, popping up with a couple of crucial goals in the process.

Steve Evans has told Radio Yorkshire that while Antenucci has not scored from open play in the two games under his management, he has uncovered figures showing just how hard the forward is working.

He said: "I look at Antenucci who has been unfortunate not to be playing but has looked a real player in the last couple of games.

"Statistically I could tell you he had 100 per cent more sprints in those two games than in any start for Leeds United.

"That's an incredible statistic. That shows you he's working harder. He's been braver because he's been been getting on the ball in tight areas. We need all of them to do that."

Antenucci finished last season as Leeds' top scorer, despite spending a large part of the season under Neil Redfearn on the bench or played out wide, and has been a useful contributor again this season.

The hope is that with regular starts, and his hard work, he will get his reward with a two or even three-goal haul, starting against Blackburn Rovers this evening. This campaign he averages a shot on target every 25 minutes he has been on the pitch, and more goals are a matter of when rather than if.

He is clearly impressing new boss Steve Evans, who is expected to keep him in the side alongside this season's top scorer Chris Wood. In front of the home crowd against a Blackburn side who have not won away all season, all out attack is a smart way to approach the game.

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