Former Leeds United forward Mirco Antenucci showed his old club what they are missing by scoring on his debut for SPAL yesterday. The 32-year-old recently joined the Serie B side after two seasons at Elland Road.
Antenucci was making his competitive debut for his new club in the Coppa Italia, and it took him just 21 minutes to make an impact by scoring the Italian side’s first goal against Messina. The forward went on to play for most of the game before being substituted in the 85th minute, as SPAL ran out 2-0 winners.
SPAL were only promoted to Serie B last season, but want to push on from last season by attracting players like Antenucci to the club.
Antenucci was Leeds United’s top scorer in his first season at the club, and although he struggled in the second campaign he did put a scoring run towards the end. Despite his contribution to the club in his two seasons, the Championship side decided to released him in May.
However, Antenucci has since gone on record to say his family returning to Italy, and the way Massimo Cellino ran Leeds United, were reasons he didn’t stay in England.