Two things exist at the same time and in the same place with regard to Giuseppe Bellusci and Leeds United; there is a large number of fans that don’t like him, and he is seemingly not welcome at the club.
It is hard to really count the reasons why Leeds fans feel like this, if you try then you’d definitely need to break out a second-hand to help with the addition.
Offering to take fans on mano-a-mano at Thorp Arch, being chased around Thorp Arch car park by an enraged Sol Bamba after allegedly smirking at Steve Thompson being sacked, calamitous defending and being a key member of the Sicknote Six who refused to face Charlton at the end of the 2014/15 season.
It was blatantly clear that Bellusci was not a part of the plans at Elland Road this season, the Italian not fitting in to Garry Monk’s ethos for what Leeds United were to be this season – what they’d ‘represent’. With this in mind, a loan deal was struck with Serie A side Empoli, where Bellusci has been on loan this season.
Whilst over in Empoli, Bellusci has made 33 appearances this season. He also became their highest rated defender, according to website WhoScored.com, with an average rating of 6.81 over the course of the season. Bellusci scored once during his stay, whilst also showing that recklessness that Leeds fans became used to by picking up a league-leading 15 yellow cards.
When Empoli’s relegation was confirmed after the last round of games, some Leeds United fans began to fear the worst – that Bellusci may actually turn up at Elland Road come the start of pre-season training. In a way that is still a very real possibility, relegated teams having to operate on a much tighter budget and players like Bellusci become surplus to requirements in a way.
However, rather than Leeds United fans taking for the hills and seeking sanctuary, Serie A side Bologna way very well have come to the rescue according to TUTTOmercatoWEB (TMW). The Italian media site say that Bolgna’s “new idea for defense” is none other than Giuseppe Bellusci.
Bellusci, despite what many Leeds United fans may say, has proved himself in this year’s Serie A championship and, with his Leeds United career likely over, perhaps a more prolonged stay in Italy would be the best for both parties. Bologna could pay an outright fee for Bellusci, who is thought to be likely to command a €2 million (£1.7 million) fee. The alternative is to see whether Leeds United would be willing to let the man once called ‘The Warrior’ by fans see out his final contract year on loan in Serie A.