Why Antonsson was omitted in favour of rookie striker for Leeds win against Reading
By Alex Stevens
Marcus Antonsson missed Leeds’ 2-0 league win over Reading on Tuesday night to a back injury.
Manager Garry Monk revealed in the aftermath of the Championship encounter at Elland Road why the Swedish striker was not in the 18-man matchday squad.
As a result, the manager called up academy striker Mallik Wilks, who is only 17, to the bench for the first time.
Antonsson has been a regular substitute in recent months after slipping behind spearhead Chris Wood and Souleymane Doukara in the forward pecking order.
But Monk has explained that the summer signing did not get a look-in against Jaap Stam’s visiting side due to a problem that has troubled him since the weekend.
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“Antonsson had a back spasm two days ago so we brought Mallik into the squad out of necessity, as he’s been training with us,” Monk explained, as quoted by the BBC Leeds website.
Antonsson has scored three goals in 16 appearances for Leeds since joining from Swedish outfit Kalmar FF in the summer for a reported fee of around £3million.
The forward has netted on only one occasion in the Championship, with two of his strikes coming in the League Cup.
Goals from Wood and Doukara inspired Leeds to the notable win over Reading on Tuesday and lifted Monk’s side to fifth position in the league table.