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Could Mirco Antenucci be important for Steve Evans’ Leeds future?

Leeds United head coach Steve Evans should use Mirco Antenucci regularly between now and the end of the season.

Mirco Antenucci has been on the books of Leeds United since the summer of 2014, but there is a feeling that he has not done enough.

The Italian is a good striker and has proved himself in the Championship, but he probably should have done more.

The 31-year-old scored 10 goals and created 22 chances in 36 league appearances last season.

So far this campaign, Antenucci has scored seven goals and created 15 chances in 29 Championship matches.

The striker’s current contract with Leeds runs out at the end of the season, and it has yet to be determined if he will remain at Elland Road beyond the summer.

Interestingly, Antenucci has just come into form, scoring two goals against Bolton Wanderers at the weekend.

If and when Chris Wood is fully fit, the former Ternana striker is not guaranteed a place in the starting lineup, but head coach Steve Evans should put more faith in him.

Evans’s future at Leeds could depend on how Antenucci performs and how many goals he scores between now and the end of the season.

Antenucci is playing for his future. The Italian needs to prove to the Leeds hierarchy that he deserves a new contract, and he can do that by scoring goals.

Even if the striker wants to leave the West Yorkshire outfit, he will still be aiming to score goals in order to attract interest from other clubs.

In any case, Antenucci will be determined to play well in the coming weeks, and Evans needs to make the most of this situation.

The Scotsman has come under pressure in recent weeks due to Leeds’s disappointing performances and results.

Club owner Massimo Cellino may have faith in him at the moment, but will he continue to trust him if results don’t improve?

Cellino’s long-term aim is to get Leeds promoted to the Premier League, and he is likely to evaluate the situation at the club at the end of the season.

For Evans to make himself indispensable to the Italian entrepreneur, he needs to deliver results, and to do that he needs hungry players.

Antenucci is a hungry player - hungry to show what he is capable of, hungry to prove that he is good enough to carry on playing for Leeds.

If the Italian striker scores goals and win matches, then Evans will have a future at Leeds.

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