Two things cannot really be argued about Leeds United centre-back Giuseppe Bellusci: a.) he’s been one of Leeds’ consistent players over recent months, b.) he is frighteningly prone to episodes of Looney Tunes defending and decision-making.
Both the above points are valid and Leeds fans, begrudgingly with the first one but more at ease with the latter, expect to see elements of both examples during a game.
A less-than perfectly executed overhead-kick of a clearance in his own penalty area against Rotherham gifted Lee Frecklington the ball, forcing keeper Marco Silvestri to clip the Millers’ attacker and earn himself a red card. Leeds had used all their three substitutions, Bellusci going in goal for the penalty with the chance to be a hero.
He wasn’t, he missed the save and would have needed a taxi to catch the ball in all fairness. To compound this error, bad decision making caused him to get tangled with QPR’s German attacker Sebatian Polter with Gaetano Berardi covering on his inside. The resulting, converted by Tjaronn Chery, gave QPR a share of the points on Tuesday that they didn’t really deserve.
The debate all week has been about whether Bellusci will make the line-up for today’s Burnley game; Steve Evans had defended his player during the week, as you’d expect any manager/head coach to do.
However, the news that the frustrating Italian had been dropped to the bench and replaced by club captain Sol Bamba brought Leeds United fans onto Twitter which, as ever, acts as a good barometer of fan reaction in matters such as this.
Bellusci benched, Bamba brought in – Leeds fans reaction on Twitter
Some Leeds fans like David are happy at the benching but can’t see past the loss.
Well glad that Bellusci has been dropped but I can't see any way that #Lufc will beat burnley today – hope I'm proved wrong.
— David Hay (@Davehaymot) April 9, 2016
For some Leeds fans like Brog, brevity is the soul of wit.
Thank god Bellusci is dropped! #lufc
— Brog (@janstannn) April 9, 2016
For Leeds fans Roycey, he’d rather dig into Leeds’ back catalogue than play Bellusci.
— Neil Royce (@royceylufc) April 9, 2016
For Leeds fan Matt, dropping Bellusci isn’t the big news of the day.
Bellusci dropped, no real surprise, but guess what… We're starting with two (2), count them, two wingers!!! #lufc
— Matt Robinson (@LeedsUtdBlogger) April 9, 2016
Leeds fan Dan should know better that there are no working mineshafts any longer.
Seeing all over Twitter that Evans has dropped Bellusci. Am I wrong to hope it was down a long mine shaft? #lufc
— D Bag (@maddox_lufc) April 9, 2016
One Leeds fan can’t hide his joy.
Finally, Whites fan James simply can’t contain his exhuberance at the news of Bellusci being dropped and the Sol coming out to dance the Bamba.
— James Beck (@JamesBeck_14) April 9, 2016