Having browsed the twitterverse during the lonely news hours that seem to be encompassing Elland Road at this moment in time, one question stood out to me; did Leeds' strike force miss Mirco Antenucci?
It's an interesting question no doubt. Leeds' final third of the season was riddled with teams picking out how we would supply our talismanic Chris Wood and in turn, Leeds had been caught out.
Garry Monk looked like he really needed a second option to rather replace Wood or give him more support in the final third. Although Leeds attempted to utilise both Doukara and other alternatives, nothing seemed to fit when we needed it. The Leeds head coach seemed like he was putting square boxes into round holes in a desperate attempt to grab a goal.
One striker who had previously shown the ability to be able to unlock Championship defences was former striker Mirco Antenucci. The beard that was feared made a solid return of investment for Leeds, scoring a total of 19 goals in his two years in Yorkshire.
Although he may have not been clinical, he did know how to both score and create chances, something that could have further supported Chris Woods efforts. If handed the opportunities and support of the current squad around him, could Antenucci have been more clinical for Leeds this season?
Now currently at SPAL in Seria B, Mirco has gone on to score 20 goals in 39 appearances this season and has been linked with some of the mid-table Seria A teams in return of his efforts.
Granted he has more knowledge of the division he has spent most of his career in, Antenucci surely would have felt settled with English football by the time his third season came into effect.
Alas, Antenucci was the player that decided to depart the club due to being homesick, something that may have contributed to his brilliant season in Italy this year. But it does raise the question whether he could have been partly influential in our stagnating attack during the third part of our season.
What do you think? Could Antenucci have been a different option? Or was he past it by the time he had gone? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham