The Leeds United manager has too often overlooked the Italian forward when he needed him the most this season.
Leeds United made it two wins on the bounce when they defeated Cardiff City 2-0 away on Tuesday evening, with Souleymane Doukara and Mirco Antenucci scoring the goals.
The latter has played a particularly important role in Leeds’ recent resurgence, his brace in Saturday’s 2-1 victory against Bolton Wanderers providing the platform for their impressive performance a few days later against the Bluebirds.
And while Whites manager Steve Evans is being hailed for bringing the Italian in from the cold, he should also be questioned for overlooking the striker in the first place.
Some Leeds fans feel Antenucci’s heart is no longer in it with question marks regarding the Italian’s future. But those thoughts have been swiftly obliterated after he showed he is still one of the most prolific goal-scorers at the club.
With summer signing Chris Wood side-lined, Evans had the perfect chance to put his trust in last season’s top-scorer. But instead he played Doukara and – on occasions – gave youngster Lee Erwin chances from the bench while Antenucci was left looking on.
That is not to say Antenucci has not had chances, but from December 5 to January 26 he did not start a single match in the league, only once getting more than 15 minutes on the field to make his mark.
So yes, Antenucci is now doing the business for Leeds; but he should have been allowed to do just that far more than he has this season.