There has been much speculation in the media about Leeds United’s young stars gleaming in the eyes of the Premier League teams. Now it also seems that their Italian players are garnering interest from their homeland with Ascoli reported to be interested in two players.
In reports eminating from italian websites Tuttomercatoweb and Tuttoascolicalcio it seems that Leeds’ Italian duo Mirco Antenucci and Tommaso Bianchi are wanted by Italian Serie B side Ascoli. Tuttomercatoweb hint at Ascoli interest in Antenucci saying, “[the Leeds and Ascoli business may not be limited to only Mirko Antenucci” with Tuttoascolicalcio adding that "the arrival of both looks increasingly possible.” Tuttoascolicalcio also touch on the injury troubles suffered by Bianchi, highlighting his woes but also add that "the worst seems to be over with Bianchi [who]should only [hav[have to]in match fitness.”
Antenucci was Leeds United’s leading scorer last season (10 goals) but has found his time limited this term as Leeds boss Steve Evans favours the 4-5-1 formation that doesn’t play to Antenucci’s strengths as a footballer. Bianchi came with a reputation as a ball-playing midfielder but saw half a season as a more defensive-minded midfielder in a Leeds United team often beseiged by opposing midfields. What stood out about Bianchi’s game during the first half of Leeds’ 2014/15 Championship campaign was the tenacity that he showed in the tackle and also his high-volume passing.
With Leeds having a strong midfield, what with the additions of Tom Adeyemi and Liam Bridcutt complementing the guile and potential of Lewis Cook, Stuart Dallas and Alex Mowatt, Bianchi’s position is somewhat down the pecking order. Additional to this is that with Evans’ new formation, Antenucci is going to find game time hard to come by, even though he has five goals so far this season.