Steve Evans: Look at the difference in Mirco Antenucci

Mirco Antenucci

The Leeds boss has been discussing the 31-year-old Italian.

Leeds United head coach Steve Evans has praised the difference Mirco Antenucci has 'suddenly found,' according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The Italian has been in form since the Scot arrived at Elland Road and Evans feels he was previously 'in the cupboard.'

Finding regular game time under the new manager, Antenucci has impressed and the Leeds boss is delighted with the turnaround in the forward's fortunes.

Evans is quoted as saying after his side's 2-0 win over Wycombe on Friday night by the YEP: "I look at the difference that Mirco Antenucci has suddenly found.

"He was in the cupboard wasn’t he? He was an afterthought when I came in but I want every player to drive through those training ground gates and believe they have got a chance of playing.

"And the only way they can do that is by producing performances."

Antenucci has always proved his worth to Leeds, despite being one of the 'injured six' last season. Of those who infamously pulled out with problems, many felt the 31-year-old was one of the few who was genuinely injured.

Last term, meanwhile, the Italian finished United's top scorer in the Championship.

This time around, he has produced consistently but was often overlooked by Uwe Rosler due to the system the German preferred.

When Evans says Antenucci was an 'afterthought,' of course, he is exaggerating a little. Every Leeds coach, fan and team-mate knows the forward's worth. But he has certainly looked re-energised since Evans' arrival.

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