Blackburn Rovers have completed the loan signing of Leeds United striker Marcus Antonsson, as confirmed by the club’s official website.
The forward becomes Rovers’ ninth signing of the summer, with boss Tony Mowbray looking to put together a squad capable of securing an immediate return to the Championship. He is the second striker to sign for Blackburn this summer, following the arrival of Dominic Samuel from Reading.
Antonsson began his career with Halmstads BK in Sweden, scoring 17 goals in 84 games with the club before moving to Kalmar FF in January 2015.
The striker scored an impressive 25 goals in 47 games for the Swedish side, including ten goals in the first 12 games of the 2016-17 season. This led to interest from Leeds United, who completed a £2 million deal for Antonsson in June 2016.
With Garry Monk often opting to play only one striker last season, and the superb form of Chris Wood, Antonsson struggled for game time. He made only six Championship starts all season, scoring one goal in a 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday. The striker also netted twice in three League Cup games.
Following the departure of Monk, Leeds appointed Thomas Christiansen as manager and he has started to bring in his own players. Therefore, the decision was made to let Antonsson go out on loan this season and try to get some first-team football.
Before the addition of Antonsson, Rovers only had two senior strikers on their books: Danny Graham and Dominic Samuel. The Swede has the opportunity to get plenty of minutes under his belt in League One and has the potential to have a very successful season for Blackburn.