Giuseppe Bellusci is a name that will have the Elland Road faithful wincing, with the defender’s spell in English football at Leeds United extremely controversial and ending on quite a sour note.
Leeds, under the rule of the equally controversial Massimo Cellino, signed Bellusci in the summer of 2014.
Initially, the Italian was a hit with the Elland Road faithful. He seemed an exciting centre-back, who liked to get forward, similar in the style to David Luiz. Able to strike a free-kick and provide an attacking threat from defence.
However, by the end of his first season at Leeds, the fans had turned on him, with all respect lost following the case of the ‘sicknote six’ who completely undermined the popular Neil Redfearn ahead of a trip to Charlton.
The rest of his Elland Road career brought more controversial moments and his parting gift was a spat with supporters at a pre-season friendly at Guiseley in the summer of 2017.
Following that he departed, and now, he finds himself back in the second-tier of Italian football with Palermo.
Supporters are most likely wanting to forget Bellusci’s spell in West Yorkshire, and he’s undoubtedly more comfortable back in Italy at a lower standard.
So far in the 2018/19 campaign he’s made 12 appearances and scored one goal. He’s also picked up seven yellow cards in those Serie B appearances, unsurprisingly, proving to be the same liability he was at Elland Road.
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