Marcus Antonsson discusses Leeds' global appeal and whether he prefers playing with another striker

General view inside the stadium

The 25-year-old completed his move to the Championship club on Tuesday.

General view inside the stadium before the game

Marcus Antonsson has told Leeds United's official website that news of his move to Elland Road will be warmly received in his home town as many of those that live there are actually fans of the Championship outfit. 

The striker became the Whites' first signing of the summer after agreeing a three-year deal with Garry Monk's side. And upon completing the move, the 25-year-old explained that despite his home being a small Swedish village of just a few thousand people, there are a surprising number of supporters of the club he has just joined.

"Where I come from in Sweden, it's out in the forest a little bit and maybe one or two thousand people live there," he told the club's official website. "But a lot of them are Leeds fans.

"It's a place called Unnaryd, it's located in the forest a little bit – a little village. A lot of people out there are happy for this transfer."

General view inside the stadium

The arrival of a new signing can sometimes lead to tension within a squad, especially amongst the players who will be trying to keep the new addition out of the team.

In Antonsson's case, the man who may have felt that he needed to be looking over his shoulder is Chris Wood. The New Zealander was Leeds' marquee signing last summer and finished his first campaign as the side's top goalscorer with 13 strikes to his name.

Chris Wood celebrates after scoring the first goal for Leeds from the penalty spot

However, the 24-year-old was sometimes guilty of missing clear-cut chances during that time, and with Antonsson coming in having scored 10 goals in just 12 league games for now-former club Kalmar this season, Wood's status as the number one forward may have been under threat.

But the Swede has left the door open for the pair to form a partnership when asked whether he prefers to play alongside another forward.

"I think you can have a lot of advantages if you play with someone that you connect with," he added.

"As I've said before, I think I'm pretty easy to play with. I always go on deep runs in behind and I do a lot of running in games."

Swansea manager Garry Monk

Though Wood certainly proved that he was more than just a target man last season, there is no doubt that the former Leicester man's height and aerial presence could be useful considering Antonsson's strengths. 

Monk will surely be hoping that they complement each other perfectly and ask opposition defenders all kinds of questions as it may go a long way to putting United in the promotion picture.

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