Garry Monk believes new Leeds United signing Marcus Antonsson is perfect for the Championship

Swansea manager Garry Monk

The Swedish striker became the club's first summer signing today.

Leeds United have announced their first summer signing, with Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson arriving from Kalmar for an undisclosed fee after a week of protracted negotiations finally came to a positive conclusion.

New Leeds United boss Garry Monk has spoken to the Leeds United website about the move and believes that the Swede has what it takes to thrive in the Championship with the Yorkshire club:

“It’s great to make that first signing. In terms of how he plays, Marcus is a different striker to what we’ve got already, so that gives us options up front.

“He’s done exceptionally well over the last couple of seasons. He scores goals, has great movement and he has the mentality to be able to adapt to this league.”

He also made it clear that the club has been keeping tabs on the player, who has already trained with the first-team squad, for some time, watching him in action on plenty of occasions:

“The club has watched a lot of him, I’ve watched a lot of him and I felt he’d be a good fit for Leeds United.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

“Marcus will come into the group with some really good strikers in the squad already. It will help them and it will give us options to adapt in different games.”

The 25-year-old, who played under new Leeds assistant Pep Clotet when he was managing Swedish side Halmstads, has been in great form this year and was the current top scorer in the Swedish top-flight with 10 goals in 12 games for Kalmar.

He has arrived at the club on a three-year deal and will now look to earn a regular first-team place ahead of New Zealand international Chris Wood, Frenchman Souleymane Doukara and Scottish talent Lee Erwin for the upcoming campaign.

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