Leeds are keen to keep striker Mirco Antenucci

By Coral Barry

Steve Evans is adamant Mirco Antenucci will not receive a new contract until he proves he is more than a flash in the pan.

The Leeds striker has scored four goals in three league games and his return to the starting eleven has coincided with a return to winning ways for the Whites.

Evans’ side has picked up three league wins in a row after previously going ten matches without a victory.

Despite his remarkable potency in the last two weeks, Evans has warned Antenucci Leeds will not be rushed into offering him a fresh deal.

“It’s easy to be good for a week,” said Evans speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

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“It’s a lot harder to be good for 10 weeks or for the season. But he’s a wonderful player.”

Antenucci’s contract expires in the summer after joining from Serie B side Ternana Calcio in 2014.

The Italian began the season in excellent form with two league goals and an assist in the opening three games, but managed just three goals between September and February.

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Goals against Bolton, Cardiff and Blackburn has given Antenucci renewed hope he could be about to be offered a contract extension.

The 31-year-old has scored 18 goals in 72 appearances for Leeds, with eight of those coming in the Championship this season.

Leeds are 13th in the table and welcome Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield to Elland Road on Saturday.

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In other Leeds news, Evans has revealed the Whites are chasing a Premier League player’s signature.