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Controversial move... should Leeds keep Antenucci and instead sell Wood?

The Leeds striker has disappointed supporters of late.

Heading into a new season, if a club had the choice between keeping on a soon-to-be free agent of 31 years... or a 24-year-old striker who was last summer's marquee signing, it would usually be a no-brainer.

The other sensible option would just be to keep both.

But, in Leeds United's case, should the Yorkshire club now considering offering Mirco Antenucci a new contract - and selling Chris Wood

Leeds signed Wood for £3 million last summer, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, but his initial impact has died down and he has disappointed supporters to no end of late.

On Saturday afternoon, the New Zealander missed two clearcut chances as Leeds were beaten 1-0 at Burnley.

 Championship GoalsGamesMinutes Played
Mirco Antenucci 9 35 1,990
Chris Wood 9 30 2,342

As Opta stats show, meanwhile, Antenucci has as many goals as Wood despite playing roughly 350 less minutes.

True, injuries and fitness have disrupted Wood's season. But that in itself is a further tick in the 'con' column when it comes to keeping the 24-year-old at Leeds.

Antenucci has proven himself over two seasons at United, while his team-mate is looking shaky - albeit after just a few months at Elland Road.

Still, though, could Massimo Cellino consider keeping the Italian, selling Wood and replacing him with another marquee signing this summer?

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