Leeds United’s on-loan striker Antonsson rediscovering his scoring touch with Blackburn

Leeds United striker Marcus Antonsson, finding form at Blackburn Rovers.
Leeds United striker Marcus Antonsson, finding form at Blackburn Rovers.
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Out-of-favour Leeds United striker Marcus Antonsson continued his good form at Blackburn Rovers with an eighth goal of the season on Tuesday night.

The on-loan Swede struck for the fifth time in as many games against Blackpool to push Blackburn to within three points of League One’s top two and further enhance a reputation which was dented at Elland Road last season.

Rovers boss Tony Mowbray.

Rovers boss Tony Mowbray.

Antonsson was brought to the Championship by United from Swedish side Kalmar in the summer of 2016 but failed to find his feet and made just six league starts during the 2016-17 term.

Leeds tied the 26-year-old to a three-year contract but already appear to have deemed him surplus to requirements after Antonsson failed to catch the eye of head coach Thomas Christiansen in pre-season.

A bid by Blackburn to take him on a year-long loan was accepted by Leeds in August but Antonsson has rediscovered his finishing touch in League One, scoring eight times and fuelling Rovers’ recent rise up the league.

His opportunistic effort in a 4-2 win at Blackpool followed on from a brace against Bury and single finishes in an FA Cup success against Barnet and a 4-2 victory away at Pep Clotet’s Oxford United.

Antonsson’s deal at Ewood Park is not believed to include a recall clause, ruling out the possibility of Leeds’ reintroducing him this season, but Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray has been impressed by the forward, saying: “His physical stats in the games and in training are the highest. He does the most running of anyone in our team. It’s great when they get their rewards.

“He’s not sure what his strongest foot is.

“He can strike it with both equally well and can play either side. He’s an honest, hardworking player who has a goal threat on the end of his boots. We’re pleased he’s here and playing his part.”

Blackburn are at home to Crewe on Sunday in the second round of the FA Cup with Antonsson aiming to continue his rich seam of goalscoring form.