Marcus Antonsson hoping to buck trend of Swedish struggles at Leeds United

Leeds United's Marcus Antonsson and Fulham's Michael Madl in action

The striker has been a regular under Garry Monk in the early stages of the season.

Leeds United's Marcus Antonsson and Fulham's Michael Madl in actionLeeds United's Marcus Antonsson and Fulham's Michael Madl in action

Leeds United summer signing Marcus Antonsson has said, as quoted by the Daily Star, that he hopes to succeed where past Swedish compatriots have failed and become a success at Elland Road.

Antonsson joined the Whites from Kalmar in his native country earlier this summer, after scoring 10 goals in 12 games to start that Allsvenskan season.

The 25-year-old appears to have established himself immediately as a first-choice striker under Garry Monk, having started the last two Championship fixtures.

He is yet to find the net in the league, although his late equaliser saved Monk's side from an embarrassing first-round EFL Cup exit as the club went on to beat League One Fleetwood Town on penalties.

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Swedish players have tended to struggle at Elland Road, with the notorious career downturn of Tomas Brolin and the indifferent loan spell of Teddy Lucic two of the highest-profile examples.

However, Antonsson is adamant that he can be the man to buck that trend, and insisted that he sees no reason why he and Leeds as a whole cannot enjoy success this term.

He said, via the Daily Star: "It’s true that Swedish players haven’t exactly made big impacts at Leeds down the years. But I really hope I can be the one to change that. I don’t see any reason why it can’t work out for me here.

Leeds' Teddy Lucic in actionLeeds' Teddy Lucic in action

"We have a really good group of lads in the dressing-room, the team is good and everything is set up for us to have a good season. I am very confident that our first league win is just around the corner because I know what this team is capable of.

"I think the way we are working is good, but we just have to achieve a couple of wins to get our confidence higher. Once that happens, I think we’ll start to win games regularly."

Antonsson will be hoping that Monk keeps faith with him as a partner to Chris Wood when Leeds take on Sheffield Wednesday in a Yorkshire derby on Saturday lunchtime.

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