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Steve Evans can't understand why Uwe Rosler wasn't starting Mirco Antenucci

Mirco Antenucci was regularly used as a substitute by Leeds United when Uwe Rosler was in charge.

Steve Evans has told Radio Yorkshire that he cannot believe Mirco Antenucci was not playing for Leeds United at the start of the season.

Antenucci was utilised as back-up by Uwe Rosler, with Chris Wood being deployed as a lone striker while the German boss was in charge.

However, Evans has started Antenucci in every match he has overseen so far, and he has been very impressed by the Italian striker’s ability.

“Believe me, we’ve got some very talented front boys,” he said. “I can’t believe Mirco has not been in the team, when you watch him at close quarters, and you work with him every day.

"I can’t understand it and I don’t wish to understand it, because it was not my issue before. But I look at the intelligence of his runs, the quality of his finishing and how much of a professional he is [and I can’t understand it].”

Antenucci has repaid Evans’ faith in him, and he has been one of Leeds’ standout performers over recent weeks.

The 31-year-old has netted twice in his last four matches, and his partnership with Chris Wood is showing signs of being very productive.

Leeds have switched to a 4-4-2 formation under Evans, and this tactical tweak seems to be paying dividends.

The Whites have won their last two fixtures back-to-back, and they return to action after the international break with another Yorkshire derby date against Rotherham United.

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