Leeds have decisions to make, first and foremost the head-coach situation which is getting slightly out of hand. Given that the club seem to be debating over sacking Heckingbottom at it’s nearly June there is no wonder that Marcus Antonsson doesn’t know if Leeds want to keep him or not…
Should Leeds be considering keeping Swedish striker Antonsson anyway? The problem here is that he wasn’t deemed good enough last summer by Thomas Christiansen and we ended up getting in two strikers who weren’t good enough and one who hasn’t kicked a ball for us. It got to the point where Kemar Roofe’s goals carried us in small patches and he only scored 13 all season, a grim reality for the man in charge of recruitment, hello Victor Orta.
Marcus Antonsson's agent Anders Karlsson: "Interest is great in Marcus. But (as of) today we do not know what Leeds want and he has a year left on his contract. "I think in a month we will know more." Malmo and Hammarby both said to be keen. #lufc
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) May 29, 2018
Antonsson struggled in his first year at the club after joining from the Swedish Premier League. He scored a couple of crucial goals early on, one at Fleetwood when Garry Monk’s job was on the line and another away at Sheffield Wednesday which secured a 0-2 win. After that it all went pear-shaped as Monk introduced a 4-2-3-1 and Wood won the battle of the strikers. Antonsson drifted from thoughts and then the squad before heading to Blackburn Rovers on loan for this season.
Antonsson isn’t really good enough to take us to the next level. It may seem a harsh assumption but at the end of the day we need to aim high and that is Abel Hernandez high. If it was a choice between Marcus Antonsson and Jerry Mbakogu then I would actually just stick with Antonsson but there are so many options we could look to do deals on and Hernandez is the priority, a player more than good enough to lead the line at Elland Road.
Antonsson is wanted by clubs and the chances are Leeds will let him go, the striker has just one year left on his current deal and cashing it seems like the best option. Is he worse than Caleb Ekuban though? Probably nit, he made less starts than Ekuban and scored more goals in his first season. We are back in that same situation as last summer, the summer before and the summer before that, limbo. Surely a decision on Marcus Antonsson should have been made, the only explanation for this is that there isn’t anyone in charge to make it.