New signings Marco Silvestri, Nicky Ajose and Souleymane Doukara all started as the Whites went down to a disappointing 2-0 defeat at The Den.
But whilst the season has begun, Cellino and sporting director Nicola Salerno still have just shy of three weeks to continue improving the squad.
On Tuesday, former Italy U-21 centre-back Giuseppe Bellusci became Leeds’ eight capture on the transfer market - and the sixth to arrive from the peninsula.
And Bellusci’s agent Silvio Pagliari took to Twitter to commemorate the moment Bellusci signed with the Whites on a one-year loan deal with a photograph.
Known as ‘the Warrior’ in Italy, the 24-year-old arrives at Elland Road looking to bolster a back-line that shipped 67 goals last term as Leeds finished 15th in the Championship.
The Whites were able to get back on track after the Millwall defeat with a 2-1 Capital One Cup victory over Accrington Stanley on the same day Bellusci’s signature was secured.
Hockaday will be hoping to see momentum from the win carry over to Saturday, when Leeds will take on Middlesbrough at home in their return to league action.