By Will Butcher
Leeds have surprisingly named Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson as their player of the month for August, even though he scored just two goals in six games in that period.
The summer signing got the nod ahead of the likes of Hadi Sacko, Luke Ayling and Kyle Bartley even though the latter trio were arguably more deserving during the team’s poor start to the season.
Leeds revealed that Antonsson had received the award on their official website on Friday morning.
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The 25-year-old has been a consistent member of Garry Monk’s starting eleven following his £2million move from Swedish side FF Kalmar at the beginning of the summer transfer window.
The striker scored his first goal for Leeds against League One side Fleetwood as Monk’s side limped to a penalty shootout win in the first round of the EFL Cup.
His second endeared the striker to the Leeds’ faithful, as he netted against arch enemies Sheffield Wednesday in one of only the Yorkshire giants’ two domestic wins.
However, the choice of player for the award is dubious, with Bartley starring at centre-half despite playing alongside three different central defenders in Sol Bamba, Liam Cooper and Pontus Jansson.
Sporting Lisbon loanee Sacko has been excellent on the right side of Leeds’ attack, including a goal in the loss to Birmingham.
The same can be said for ex-Arsenal youth player Ayling, impressing in place of the injured Gaetano Berardi at right-back.
Leeds travel to Cardiff in the Championship’s lunchtime kick-off on Saturday as they look to pick up their third win of the season.
In other Leeds news, goalkeeper Rob Green has identified what could turn his side’s season around.