Monk hands Leeds lifeline to ostracised big-money signing ahead of Preston clash
By Will Butcher
Garry Monk has revealed there is still time for Marcus Antonsson to have an impact in Leeds’ promotion chase.
The Swedish striker has scored just three goals since his big-money £2million move from Swedish outfit Kalmar FF, and has failed to feature for the Yorkshire giants since the end of January.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s clash against Preston, Monk was quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post that Antonsson still has a chance to feature for Leeds before the end of the season.
With six games remaining, Monk opened the door for the 25-year-old as well as any other ostracised members of his squad to impress him before the end of the campaign.
Monk responded when asked if Antonsson had a chance of playing before the end of the season: “All the group have the opportunity. You try and select each team with the right balance.
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“All the players – they know that. They have the opportunity and we try and pick it on the right reasons for the game ahead.”
Leeds’ number 10 has managed just one Championship goal this season, coming in the form of a diving header way back in August during a 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday.
Making just six Championship starts, Antonsson is now way down the striker pecking order with top scorer Chris Wood remaining first choice. Souleymane Doukara is considered Monk’s first reserve to spearhead the Leeds attack.
Leeds are next in action against Preston on Saturday at Elland Road, as they look to end a run of two successive defeats to consolidate their place in the play-offs.
Antonsson is unlikely to be included, as Monk looks for a repeat of the reverse fixture that saw Leeds win 4-1 at Deepdale.
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