Is reported Leeds target Matt Derbyshire really any better than Marcus Antonsson?

Leeds United's Marcus Antonsson scores their first goal

Leeds United allegedly want the forward but should they not just give their Swedish striker more chances?

Rotherham's Matt Derbyshire and Danny Ward celebrate after the game

According to a recent report from the Daily Mail, new Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen wants to bring Matt Derbyshire to Elland Road this summer, after his impressive exploits in Cyprus.

However Leeds already have a striker who is arguably no worse than the 32-year-old, and he is five years his junior.

Marcus Antonsson was scoring for fun in Sweden, finding the net 13 times in 18 matches in his last campaign in his homeland, and leaving Kalmar with a total of 25 goals in 47 outings.

Since arriving at Leeds, things have not gone according to plan for the 26-year-old, but he has shown flashes of his ability and he deserves to play regularly if Christiansen opts to use a more attacking line-up.

In contrast Derbyshire has managed an impressive 26 goals in 37 matches for Omonia Nicosia. But is banging them in regularly in Cyprus really any different to doing the same in Sweden?

Thomas Christiansen

Leeds fans could argue that Derbyshire's experience of English football gives him the advantage and makes a summer swoop a no-brainer.  However, it was only when he moved to Cyprus that he turned from a journeyman forward to a prolific goal-poacher and there is no guarantee he will transfer his form to Elland Road.

It may be worth a punt for Leeds, but Antonsson should not be overlooked just because he has not succeeded so far.

He deserves a little longer to prove himself and he could yet show that he is in fact a better option than Leeds' latest reported target.

Marcus Antonsson of Leeds United in action with

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