By Alex Stevens
Leeds fans have besieged Marcus Antonsson with messages urging him to keep his morale high after being demoted from the matchday squad.
The striker, 25, has not even made the substitute’s bench for Leeds’ last four matches even though he is fully fit and available for selection.
Antonsson has even been selected for the Under-23s on one occasion in what has been a fall from grace since his central role in the early months of the season.
The former Kalmar FF player has not had any league action since a late substitute appearance in the 3-0 win against Rotherham on 2 January, and has not scored in the Championship since October.
But Leeds fans have urged Antonsson to keep the faith and continue to fight for his place despite being frozen out by manager Garry Monk.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Jackstokes (@jackstokes03) February 26, 2017
@AntonssonMarcus hold tight man! You should be on that team sheet!
— Tommy???????? (@tom_palmer1999) February 25, 2017
@AntonssonMarcus you should be in that squad. Keep the faith.
— Robbie Kennedy (@robbienkennedy) February 25, 2017
@AntonssonMarcus you’ll get your chance big man. Keep fighting
— Andrew Wood (@andywood_86) February 25, 2017
@AntonssonMarcus Keep at it Marcus. Cannot believe Doukara gets picked in front of you.
— alex mcdougall (@bigmack1) February 25, 2017
— Cockney White (@cockney_white) February 26, 2017
@AntonssonMarcus Keep working hard fella
— Julian Thomson (@julesat123) February 26, 2017
@AntonssonMarcus keep at it marcus. Hopefully ur chance will come. Mot
— ???? JAMIE ????LUFC ???? (@Jam13Simmo) February 26, 2017
Antonsson has made 21 appearances in all competitions for the Yorkshire giants this season but has scored just three goals, two of which came in the League Cup.
He played the full 90 minutes of each of Leeds’ FA Cup matches in January but has struggled for game time due to the excellent form of main striker Chris Wood, who has scored 23 goals in all competitions this season and is the Championship equal leading scorer with 20.
The re-emergence of versatile forward Souleymane Doukara and the deadline day signings of Alfonso Pedraza and Modou Barrow have pushed Antonsson further down the Elland Road pecking order.