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leeds have “green light” for more signings; antenucci set for debut amid sickness

leeds have “green light” for more signings; antenucci set for debut amid sickness


Leeds United have confirmed the signing of Ternana striker Mirco Antenucci, and Dave Hockaday says the club are clear to keep on recruiting.

The late summer recruitment drive has taken Leeds new player total to eleven, with the latest arrival a 30-year old Italian striker that Hockaday says is “Strong, explosive & can score goals. He will give us something else.”

One thing Antenucci will bring, like Billy Sharp, is experience; Mirco has played for nine different clubs in Italy, doing most of his work in Serie B where most recently he was captain of Ternana in a season when, despite a struggle against relegation, he scored 19 times in 40 games.

That was Antenucci’s second most prolific season ever, following 24 for in 40 for Ascoli in 2009/10; if you’ve got the time, you can watch 22 minutes worth of Antenucci goals here.

At his pre-Watford press conference this morning, Hockaday said that subject to international clearance Antenucci could go straight into the side against Watford; but that the recent signing from Milan, Zan Benedicic, might not yet be ready for United’s midfield as he’s not yet “match sharp.”

Several others might not be match sharp either; Hockaday says the squad has been affected by a virus this week, sharing with us all this charming image:

#lufc David Hockaday says squad has been hit by a virus all week . He said "Tuesday’s dressing room was a messy place after the game."

— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) August 21, 2014

Ill players aren’t necessarily a reason to buy new players, but Leeds don’t seem to need a reason at the moment; more are coming, according to Hockaday:

#lufc DH says the "green light" has been given to sign more targets providing the deals can be completed.

— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) August 21, 2014

And he did share with the press some of the reasons for the heavy recruitment:

Hockaday still certain that more signings will arrive before the window opens. Says Leeds have numbers but lack quality in depth.

— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 21, 2014

He also said that he’d ideally like a 22-man squad, but wouldn’t reveal who might not be staying: a serious cull would be required to reach that level, though, as the official website’s squad list currently shows 32 players. Although a couple of those are Paddy Kenny.