Antonsson delighted to be Monk’s first signing at Leeds United

New Leeds United striker Marcus Antonsson
New Leeds United striker Marcus Antonsson

New Leeds United signing Marcus Antonsson has spoken of his delight at finally completing his move to Elland Road.

The 25-year-old Swedish striker has become United’s first signing of the summer and the first since Garry Monk took over as head coach, having joined from Kalmar FF for an undisclosed fee.

Antonsson, who has scored 10 goals from his opening 12 matches in the Swedish League, has put pen to paper on a three-year deal with Leeds.

He has previously worked under United’s new assistant coach, Pep Clotet, at Swedish side Halmstads BK.

Antonsson told the United website: “It feels fantastic to be here.

“Ever since Leeds came into the picture, it seemed like the perfect choice. I wanted this move as soon as Leeds contacted me.

“Playing in England has been a big dream of mine. Coming to a big club like Leeds is a dream come true and I will work very hard for the team in every game. I will not miss this opportunity.”

Antonsson added: “First of all, I like to score goals. I’m fast inside the box and my big strength is my timing in the box.

“I always try to work very hard for the team - I run a lot of metres – but scoring goals is my main thing.”

Head coach Monk said: “It’s great to make that first signing.

“In terms of how he plays, Marcus is a different striker to what we’ve got already, so that gives us options up front.

“He’s done exceptionally well over the last couple of seasons. He scores goals, has great movement and he has the mentality to be able to adapt to this league.

“The club has watched a lot of him, I’ve watched a lot of him and I felt he’d be a good fit for Leeds United.

“Marcus will come into the group with some really good strikers in the squad already. It will help them and it will give us options to adapt in different games.”

The deal to bring Marcus Antonsson to Leeds United is subject to international clearance.