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‘Still a future at Leeds’ – These fans thought Elland Road exit would be key for striker, but they were wrong

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The signing of exciting Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson in the summer of 2016 was one that failed to live up to the initial hype at Leeds United. 

The 27-year-old made the move to Elland Road from Kalmar FF in Sweden but failed to make an instant impact.

With Chris Wood leading the line brilliantly, Antonsson’s game time was limited as Garry Monk led the club to an impressive seventh-place finish.

He made just 16 appearances in the Championship all season, scoring one goal and looked set to be surplus to requirements.

In the summer, just a year after signing, he was shipped out on loan.

Blackburn Rovers was his next destination, moving to Ewood Park in August in order to help Tony Mowbray’s recently relegated side return to the Championship.

Despite having a slightly underwhelming first campaign with the club, Leeds fans were still certain that the Swede would be a huge hit in Lancashire:

The first half of his spell under Mowbray showed that they could well be absolutely right about his potential.

He scored seven goals in his first 16 appearances for the club and looked set to be the man to fire the club back into the second-tier straight away.

But sadly those were to be his only goals for the club that campaign.

From December until the end of the season he was unable to find the net again, often being dropped from the squad entirely or just used from the bench.

With the likes of Bradley Dack and Danny Graham leading a lethal attack, it was never going to be easy for him and the arrival of Adam Armstrong in January only limited him further.

He returned to Elland Road in the summer but had not undergone the improvement expected of him, letting the optimistic fans down.

Antonsson was sold to Malmo this summer.

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