Are Leeds United preparing for life without Mirco Antenucci?

Mirco Antenucci

Leeds striker Mirco Antenucci's contract expires at the end of the season.

Mirco Antenucci is Leeds United's second highest goalscorer this season, but his future at the club remains in doubt.

The Italian's contract expires at the end of the season, and the Whites are seemingly no closer to getting a new deal sorted, despite his nomination for the Championship player of the month award for March.

That came amid an excellent four goals in three games stretch, but prior to that he had not netted since November, and he has since gone five games without a goal.

In the last two games, Antenucci has not played at all, left as an unused substitute in the win over Wolves and draw away to play-off chasing Hull City.

In his place, Lee Erwin has started, having been left in the under-21s previously since his summer move from Motherwell.

It is a sensible decision from Evans to take a look at what Erwin can offer - not a lot judging from his display against Hull - but the man who replaced him off the bench in both games, Jordan Botaka, has impressed.

Antenucci is second choice as a central striker to Chris Wood, who netted his 12th goal of the season at the weekend, a figure which could have been a lot higher had it not been for injury.

Steve Evans appears to be taking a look at what they have without Antenucci, potentially planning for life without him.

Against Hull they created only three goalscoring chances, one of which came from a Botaka assist, and were fortunate in this regard to score twice.

If Antenucci does depart when his contract expires in June, Leeds will have to be busy in the transfer market, as despite his inconsistency, he is a valuable squad player who will need replacing.

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