'Ruin that league' - Leeds fans react as senior player agrees terms of exit
By Abigail Withey
Leeds United fans have taken to Twitter to express their best wishes towards forward Marcus Antonsson after the club confirmed a deal had been agreed for him to leave on loan.
The Championship club announced that the 26-year-old had agreed to join League One side Blackburn Rovers on a season-long loan deal.
The Elland Road side revealed the Swedish striker’s loan agreement on their official Twitter account on Friday.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 11, 2017
After the Whites announced the move, fans instantly took to social media to wish the forward luck, with many supporters stating that increased game time at Blackburn will mean he can rejoin the club with a better chance of securing a regular first-team spot.
One fan urged the luckless striker to “ruin that league” with Blackburn in the third-tier.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Good. He needs it. There's a good striker in there somewhere.
— Mr Geldard (@MrJGeldard) August 11, 2017
Best of luck to him I do rate him he just needs games
— stephen byrne (@Superleeds1Mot) August 11, 2017
Good luck @AntonssonMarcus – show them that you deserve another chance in the first team ????????
— L i a m (@mrliamstorey) August 11, 2017
Good deal for all parties I think. Marcus needs to be playing football.
— Matt-mot (@Leedsmatt) August 11, 2017
Ruin that league and them come back and join us in the Promised Land!!
— Crewe Luc (@CreweLuc) August 11, 2017
Good luck, never given a proper chance under monk
— Henry (@Henry_Broadbelt) August 11, 2017
The forward moved to Elland Road from Swedish outfit Kalmar last summer in a three-year-deal worth just over £2million.
However, the Swede struggled to lock down a regular first team starting spot and failed to impress after he scored just three goals and provided one assist throughout his 21 appearances across all competitions last season.
While Antonsson is away on loan his team mates will be fighting for promotion under new boss Thomas Christiansen, who has made a drastic difference to the current squad after he made 10 new signings with another two loan deals on top of that.
Leeds host Preston at Elland Road on Saturday in their first Championship home game of the season.
In other Leeds United transfer news, the club are pushing hard to sign a brilliant £59,000-a-week striker.