By Harvey Byrne

Leeds Under-23s manager Jason Blunt was full of praise for striker Marcus Antonsson following his hat-trick on Monday afternoon.

The 25-year-old Swede secured his side a victory by scoring all three goals in the 3-2 win over Huddersfield in the Professional Development League.

He has so far struggled for pitch time in Garry Monk’s senior side this season, but Blunt hopes that Antonsson can push on following his display for the young side.

“Looking at Marcus, his movement and his range of finishing was outstanding,” said coach Blunt to BBC Radio Leeds after the clash. “Hopefully that will give him an opportunity to push on.”

Antonsson became Monk’s first purchase in charge of the club following his move from Swedish side Kalmar in the summer.

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Many fans were keen to see what the new attacker could do at the club, but he has struggled to displace the inform Chris Wood from the first team.

However, from his seven starts for Monk’s side he has managed to return with three goals and one assist.

He will now be keen to earn more pitch time in a side looking to make a return to the Premier League.

The Yorkshire giants are currently sat in seventh place in the Championship table and a point from the play-offs in sixth.

They will make the short travel to the New York Stadium on Saturday to face Rotherham, who are currently propping up the table with just seven points from their 17 fixtures.

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