Former Leeds striker Marcus Antonsson flying in Sweden with 20 goals
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Former Leeds striker Marcus Antonsson flying in Sweden with 20 goals

When Leeds United fans think about some of the forwards they have had in recent years, it is likely that many would have initially forgotten about Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson.

Antonsson arrived in the summer of 2016 as Leeds prepared for the tenure of Garry Monk. And he did feature fairly regularly in the opening weeks of the season, scoring against Sheffield Wednesday.

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However, the Whites were languishing near the bottom of the Championship in those weeks. And with that, Monk changed system. Suddenly, Antonsson was unable to get into the side with Chris Wood enjoying the year of his life.

Antonsson would spend the following year on loan with Blackburn Rovers. Initially, he made an electric start, scoring eight times before the turn of the year. However, he would not find the back of the net again before returning to Leeds.

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The Whites appointed Marcelo Bielsa that summer. And Antonsson was one of the players Bielsa swiftly moved on.

Antonsson has spent the large majority of his career since back in Sweden.

He joined newly-promoted Varnamo at the start of this year ahead of their first ever top-flight campaign. And actually, he has gone on to enjoy an unbelievable time with the club.

The now 31-year-old scored his side’s first goal as they came from behind to beat Mjallby 2-1 on Monday.

The strike was his 18th in 24 league games. And he now has 20 in all competitions.

His form has been integral in ensuring that Varnamo are almost safe with six games to go. They sit 10th, 10 points clear of the relegation play-off spot.

Remarkably, Antonsson has outscored all of his teammates combined. Just 11 of Varnamo’s goals this season have come from someone else.

Antonsson is the second highest goalscorer in the league.

Now obviously, this is not to say that Leeds made some kind of error letting Antonsson go. Ultimately, the move just did not work out for anyone.

But it does show why the Whites liked the look of him in the first place. And had events played out differently, perhaps he would have been able to make more of an impact.

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