By Wayne Veysey

11th May, 2018 | 11:25am

Leeds 27-y/o who ripped it up pre-Xmas is comprehensively surplus to requirements - report

By Richard Parks

Marcus Antonsson is likely to leave Leeds United permanently this summer despite his fine form in the first half of the season, according to a report.

The Yorkshire Evening Post claim the centre-forward, 27, was “comprehensively surplus to requirements” when he joined League One outfit Blackburn Rovers on a season-long loan.

It is said that little has changed in Antonsson’s situation despite Leeds’ need for a prolific goalscorer and Blackburn can take advantage of an option in his loan deal to sign him permanently.

Football Insider verdict:

Antonsson is not the answer to Leeds’ need for a number nine who can regularly stick the ball in the back of the net. The Swedish forward has scored nine goals in 34 matches for Blackburn this season, including seven in a flurry of net-bursting before Christmas, but his appearances and strike-rate dried up in the second half of the campaign. Interestingly, the former Kalmar FF player was used more often on the left flank by the third-tier outfit than in the centre-forward role where he built his reputation in Sweden. Antonsson lacks the physical presence to lead the line for a Football League club, where there is such an emphasis on power and muscle. It would be the best for all parties that the 27-year-old moves on to a club where he can play permanently, whether that is Blackburn or elsewhere. Leeds need to source a front man of better quality and pedigree if they’re to reach the play-offs next season.

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