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Is it Marcus Antonsson's time to shine for Leeds United?

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Is it time for Marcus Antonsson to shine for Leeds United?

Leeds United, like every side in the Championship, have a grizzly amount of fixtures on the horizon. From December 13 until January 2, Leeds have no fewer than five league matches to contend it and it's a rigourous schedule which could shape their season.

As a result, rotation will be key and preserving Chris Wood simply has to be top priority. The 25-year-old striker has played 1,694 minutes of Championship football this season - only three centre-forwards have managed more - and Monk risks burning out a hugely important player if he does not give him a break.

The New Zealand marksman has scored 10 of the Whites' 23 league goals. He is a big, big player for their promotion hopes and one who Leeds can't afford to lose.

Blackburn's Jason Lowe and Leeds' Marcus Antonsson in action

Problem is, United don't boast a luxury of fine replacements waiting in the wings, but is it time for Marcus Antonsson? The Swedish striker, a £2 million signing from Kalmar, has been given chances to impress but the Championship has looked a big step up in class for him so far.

He has scored once in 13 appearances, but his stock remains high with many fans of the Elland Road club and they'll want to see what he is made of over the coming weeks.

Marcus Antonsson of Leeds United in action with

Monk needs to give him one or two starts over the festive period to see how he does. Not only would it give Wood a much-needed rest but it would offer an indication as to whether Leeds are desperate for another striker in January.

If Antonsson does the business then the urgency goes down and Leeds save money. If he flops then it reiterates what a lot of fans suspect - that he is not good enough to rival Wood. Either way, Monk has to find out and he won't get a better excuse to rest Wood and throw Antonsson into the mix soon.

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