By Will Butcher
Marcus Antonsson has revealed that he is ready to bide his time for a first-team opportunity at Leeds.
The Swedish star last started a league game on September 13 against Blackburn, but sent a reminder to manager Garry Monk by scoring a sublime hat-trick on Monday for Leeds’ development side.
Speaking to Leeds’ official website, Antonsson revealed that he is more than happy to wait for his next first-team chance as Chris Wood continues to remain ahead of him in the pecking order.
“I started well but there are a lot of good players here and Chris Wood has scored a lot of goals,” Antonsson said. “I’m just happy for the team that we are doing well on the field.
“I’m waiting for my chance again, when it comes I will take it, but I feel I have taken another step forward against Huddersfield.
“It was very good (hat-trick), it was nice to play 90 minutes again, to win the game and score three goals was perfect.”
The 25-year-old forward scored with his right foot, left foot and his head as Jason Blunt’s reserve side saw off Yorkshire rivals 3-2.
Since his £2million move from Swedish outfit Kalmar FF, Leeds’ number 10 has scored just three goals in his 15 league and cup encounters.
But with Monk opting to use a 4-2-3-1 system, there is only space for one centre-forward in the side.
Fellow striker Souleymane Doukara has been given a run in the Yorkshire giants’ first-team of late in a wide role, which could leave Antonsson as third choice to lead the Leeds attack.
Antonsson will be hoping his hat-trick can tempt manager Monk into playing him on Saturday, as Leeds go up against Rotherham in their second successive televised clash.
In other Leeds news, Blunt had this to say about his hat-trick hero after the match.