Time was the master here and, as time developed, Bellusci’s game seemed to become ragged, ragged to the point of unravelling at times. Hoped-for consistency melted away into a diluted for of mayhem, with some episodes where Bellusci’s displays of mayhem had no signs of dilution.
It’s not that he can’t defend, sometimes, because he can, when he’s focused. But his general all-round play seemed to massively suffer as he dragged himself into spat after childish spat with Leeds United fans on Twitter.
Time after time, game after game, there was some argument between the player and the fans. Many were instigated by disappointed fans looking for an outlet for their frustration at a player they saw as dividing the dressing room. As a professional, Bellusci should have risen above all of this.
Far too often he was right in there verbally slugging it out with fans, like a child gaining kudos points arguing with ‘friends’ in the school playground. If he wasn’t responding to Leeds fans, Bellusci was inciting them with what he posted to Twitter. Spats became ugly and more often, a huge swathe of fans taking against the defender.
Under Garry Monk, it was obvious that Bellusci wasn’t a part of the club’s plans – the central defender serving the third year of his four-year deal out on loan at Empoli. In fairness he didn’t have a bad season at the Italian club, despite them being relegated on the last day of the Serie A season.
He was given an additional week to remain in Italy and hopefully sort out both his affairs and a new club, but nothing came of that. Instead he returned to Leeds and controversy with his reaction to fans at the Guiseley game, tweeting something during the game that riled Twitter even more.
New head coach Thomas Christiansen has already indicated that Bellusci’s time at the club is up, that his future lies elsewhere. According to reports coming from Italy, that case may rise sooner rather than later with one favoured club being amongst SIX clubs said interested in his services.
Website calciomercato.it say that: “the defender is close to terminating [his]contract with Leeds and continuing [a]contract with Paok Thessaloniki,” going on to say that there had been a “positive meeting last week.” They also mention that Italian sides Bologna, Cagliari and Benevento are interested in acquiring Giuseppe Bellusci’s signature.
Another Italian website, Gianluca Di Marzio, agree that PAOK are favourites to capture Bellusci, but adds a further two Italian sides to the mix in Cremonese and Novara. However, they add that: “soon [will]arrive the official termination between the defender and the English club [Leeds United],” meaning that the acrimonious relationship between Giuseppe Bellusci and Leeds United fans will finally be at an end.