New Leeds signing: I want to elbow regular out of team and be Monk's first choice
By Will Butcher
Leeds new-boy Marcus Antonsson has set his sights on starting as the team’s first-choice striker after scoring a brace against Shamrock Rovers.
The forward, who signed for £2million from Swedish side Kalmar FF, was in fine form during his first Leeds start as he inspired Leeds to a 3-0 win with two poacher’s goals.
In an interview with Swedish newspaper Expressen, Antonsson revealed that he knows there is lots of competition for the coveted attacking role but believes he has what it takes to make that role his.
“That’s what I’m aiming for, 100 percent (starting place),” he said. “Of course it helps if you make two goals in a match and contributes directly. It is of course tough competition, but that is what I am aiming for.”
The former Halmstads striker identified that scoring goals was key to seeing off the competition, with New Zealand captain Chris Wood being his main threat.
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New £3million man Kemar Roofe is expected to occupy a wide position to accommodate either Wood or Antonsson, despite winning League 2 Player of the Year from a central berth.
“It was the same in Kalmar when I began to score there, too, to win my teammates respect and it will be easier to get into the gang,” he said. “It is very much about what you do on the pitch.
“That’s why I was recruited here. It’s nice to be able to show immediately that I’m a scorer.”
Antonsson is one of six Leeds signings as manager Garry Monk continues his overhaul at Elland Road.
The former Swansea manager has also brought in Kyle Bartley, Rob Green, Matt Grimes, Hadi Sacko and Kemar Roofe.
In other Leeds team news, Antonsson and Sacko took to Twitter to give their first impressions of working under Monk.