Mirco Antenucci was kicking about Elland Road during one of the, shall we say, wilder times in the club’s history, and to be fair to him, he weathered the storm pretty well.
In two years the Italian spent at the madhouse, he played under five different managers and found himself in and out of the squad more times than one cares to count.
But in typical Italian style, vested with an inherent level of heightened passion and commitment, Antenucci gave Leeds United his all, and the fans responded accordingly.
Antenucci loved a big goal in England, that much was obvious. Netting against Bournemouth, Huddersfield, Wolves, Derby, Fulham, Burnley and Cardiff is no easy feat – but here he was doing just that.
Indeed, given his unbridled work rate and evident love for Leeds United, and ability to boot, scoring 19 goals in two seasons, many would have expected Antenucci to be offered a new contract by the club.
However, if we have learned anything from Cellino’s time as the crazed owner of Leeds United then it is nothing, we repeat, nothing, turned out as expected.
Although he left to join Spal in 2016 under a Cellino shaped cloud, Antenucci only had positive things to say about his experience and the supporters who made it so memorable (via Leeds Live).
“I had a great time in England. I didn’t stay because I wasn’t offered a new contract. I had some offers from another two clubs in England, but decided I wanted to come back to Italy.
“But I must say that with them, the fans, the people of Leeds, I left on great terms. I hold them in great esteem, and I’m sure they do the same with me. I got to play for, and get to know, a very prestigious club, and I am happy and proud to have done so.”
Aw, we are welling up.
The 33-year-old guided his team to Serie A promotion in 2017 scoring an impressive 18 goals in 37 games and is still kicking about Italy doing his thing.
Netting just five in 33 games this season does not look all that great on paper, but this particular creamer more than makes up for it.
— Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK) August 26, 2018
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