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Does Marcus Antonsson have a future with Leeds United?

Marcus Antonsson of Leeds United (10) attempts to reach the ball as Stuart Dallas of Leeds United (R) scores ther first and equalising goal during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match...

Does Marcus Antonsson have a future with Leeds United?

Marcus Antonsson of Leeds United (10) attempts to reach the ball as Stuart Dallas of Leeds United (R) scores ther first and equalising goal during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match...

By virtue of the fact that he cost £2 million, you could argue that Leeds United expected a lot from Marcus Antonsson.

The 27-year-old striker arrived at Elland Road in 2016 with a big reputation in Sweden's top flight but, 20 months on, he has proven anything but a success.

Antonsson was sent on loan to Blackburn Rovers last summer and although he had a good first four or five months at Ewood Park, netting seven goals in the first half of the campaign, injury has seen him fall down the pecking order under Tony Mowbray.

And if he isn't good enough to start for a League One club, surely he can't be of any use to Leeds next season.

The Whites will definitely need at least two prolific goalscorers when the transfer window re-opens as United look set to finish outside the playoff places again, but it takes a wild imagination to believe that Antonsson - who scored once in 16 Championship outings under Garry Monk last season - could be one of them.

If they aren't already, Leeds should be offering him out to Swedish clubs, in a division where his stock is likely to remain high. It hasn't worked out for him in England and it's looking increasingly obvious that it never will.

Marcus Antonsson of Leeds United (L) celebrates scoring his sides first goal with his team mate Alex Mowatt of Leeds United (R) during the EFL Cup fourth round match between Leeds United...

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