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Why Mirco Antenucci deserves a new Leeds United contract

The Italian striker is out of contract at Leeds United in the summer of 2016.

In a recent interview with Italian website Calcio Mercato, Leeds United striker Mirco Antenucci admitted that he does not know if he will still be at Elland Road next season.

The 31-year-old has featured regularly for Leeds during the current campaign, scoring five goals and providing three assists in 17 appearances to date, and he has a total of 15 goals for the club to date. But with a contract that expires this summer, it remains to be seen if Antenucci is a long-term option for the Whites.

But should he be?

The truth is Antenucci has proved what an effective option he can be for Leeds, having finished last season as their top scorer despite barely featuring for the second half of the campaign.

He is also developing a fine partnership with summer signing Chris Wood and he has played a direct part in four of their last five goals – be that scoring or assisting.

In short, Antenucci has been more integral than most in Leeds’ resurgence under new manager Steve Evans and it would be foolish to ignore that when it comes to handing out new contracts in due course.

Leeds may yet add a new striker on loan during the emergency window, but Antenucci should not be discounted and he should certainly be offered a new deal sooner rather than later.

He has done all that is asked of him, so will he ultimately be rewarded or discarded? Only time will.

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