By Alex Stevens
The agent of Marcus Antonsson has insisted the striker is “very happy” at Leeds despite his demotion down the pecking order.
Antonsson has been forced to accept a bit-part role at Elland Road this season after failing to build on the early promise shown in his first appearances following his £1.5million move from Swedish club Kalmar last summer.
The 25-year-old has not started a league match since September and scored the last of his three goals for Leeds in the League Cup in October.
Tellingly, Antonsson was overlooked when first-choice striker Chris Wood suffered a hamstring injury before Christmas and Garry Monk instead turned to Souleymane Doukara to stand in for the 21-goal leading scorer.
Antonsson was a member of the 18-man matchday squad that lost 2-1 at Huddersfield on Sunday but he was an unused substitute.
He was subsequently named in the starting XI for the club’s Under-23s on Monday and responded with the third goal in Leeds’ 4-3 defeat to Sheffield United at their Thorp Arch training headquarters.
“United were rumoured to be considering sending Antonsson out on loan before the end of the January transfer window but his agent, Anders Karlsson, [said] that the 25-year-old was “very happy in Leeds United’,” report the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Any temporary late move for Antonsson would have been scuppered by Leeds’ failure to land a new striker before the window shut last Tuesday.
Monk did make two deadline-day signings in wingers Modou Barrow and Alfonso Pedraza but neither is an orthodox front man in the mould of the Swede.
He will now remain at Elland Road for the remainder of the season although his future is likely to be a matter of debate in the summer.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club are eying a stunning triple transfer swoop as three players headed into the training ground.