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Mirco Antenucci's new team on verge of promotion, could he have taken Leeds up?

Leeds United's Chris Wood and Mirco Antenucci celebrate after the match

The Italian was released by Leeds United last summer but has been sensational for SPAL.

Mirco Antenucci celebrates after scoring the first goal for Leeds from the penalty spotMirco Antenucci celebrates after scoring the first goal for Leeds from the penalty spot

Leeds United have missed out on promotion to the Premier League. After what has been a positive season for the West Yorkshire side, they fell short at the final hurdle, finishing seventh in the Championship and outside the play-off places.

One area in which Leeds did lack was goals. Chris Wood scored plenty, but not many stepped up to the plate when he was off form and that has cost them in the long-run.

One man who has not struggled for goals this season has been Italian striker Mirco Antenucci - who Leeds released last summer.

He left Leeds, having wanted a return to Italy, but also with the club’s full blessing after never truly nailing down a starting position at Elland Road.

Leeds' Mirco Antenucci scores their second goalLeeds' Mirco Antenucci scores their second goal

The 32-year-old striker went on to join Serie B side SPAL and this weekend they can win a historic promotion to Serie A with victory against Ternana.

The key man for them this season has been the former Leeds striker.

Cole Skuse of Ipswich Town (L) and Mirco Antenucci of Leeds United in actionCole Skuse of Ipswich Town (L) and Mirco Antenucci of Leeds United in action

He has scored 17 goals in 35 appearances in the league as SPAL look set for a return to the top-flight for the first time since 1968.

Leeds might have done well to convince Antenucci to stay. Those 17 goals could have come in very handy in the Championship promotion race.

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