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Leeds striker Marcus Antonsson explains why he's hoping to become one of the most hated players in the Championship

General view inside the stadium before the game

The striker is preparing for his first season in the Championship following his summer switch.

General view inside the stadium before the game

Leeds United striker Marcus Antonsson has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he is hoping to become one of the most hated players in the Championship.

The 25-year-old moved to Elland Road earlier in the summer. And ahead of potentially making his competitive debut for the Whites in the season opener against Queens Park Rangers on Sunday, Antonsson has explained how he has been told that his style of play will make him very unpopular amongst opponents, and how he is embracing the prospect of becoming a hate figure. 

General view inside the stadium

"I think my type of play will be suited to this league. I like to run in behind defenders and to get into space. From what I've heard, defenders in this league hate that type of player. That's what people tell me. I'd like it if they hate playing against me," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Although the Swede had enjoyed his most impressive season to date before his switch to Elland Road, supporters' biggest concern will surely be whether he can handle the demands of the Championship. 

Swansea manager Garry MonkLeeds manager Garry Monk

And as well as suggesting that his style of play will suit the division, he has insisted that leaving former club Kalmar midway through their season should give him an advantage over many of the players he will be coming up against in the next few weeks.

"I did have a little bit of a holiday before I came and that makes you lose your sharpness but the fitness was still there and the sharpness comes back to you quickly," he added.

A general view of the Billy Bremner statue outside Elland Road before the match - Leeds United

"It's going to come more and more for me, and maybe faster than the other guys."

With Chris Wood, Kemar Roofe and Souleymane Doukara also vying for a place up front in Garry Monk's squad, Antonsson will know that hitting the ground running could be crucial to his hopes of establishing himself in the side.

But with his most recent season in Sweden ending with him scoring 10 goals in just 12 league games, it seems that he is in with an excellent chance of impressing his own fans, while also becoming despised by opposition. 

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