Midfielder Tommaso Bianchi looks to be hitting his stride as Leeds United come back from a difficult start to the season.
Leeds made it 10 points out of the last 12 available in the Championship with the 3-0 thumping of Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
Souleymane Doukara and Mirco Antenucci each netted for the second game in a row, further endearing themselves to Whites fans after arriving from Italy over the summer.
But another import from the peninsula in Massimo Cellino’s Italian revolution at Elland Road, Tommaso Bianchi, served up an even more succulent statistic on the day.
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According to Opta data, the 25-year-old left his mark on proceedings with an eye-popping seven successful tackles – well more than half the combined output of the entire Huddersfield side in this area.
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Making Bianchi’s performance even more impressive is the fact that he completed 91% of his passes in the win, and had the most touches of any Leeds player with 96.
Bianchi’s efforts were integral to freeing fellow midfielder Rodolph Austin to get forward and grab a goal and an assist, providing the Whites back-line with an extra layer of protection.
It is this type of tenacious play that has got Leeds back on track since Neil Redfearn took over for Dave Hockaday at the helm. Should Bianchi be able to maintain this form, there’s plenty of reason to believe Leeds can continue to surge up the table.
The shift turned in by Bianchi against Huddersfield is indicative of a player coming into his own, and that can only bode well for his club’s prospects going forward.
The Italian has now started and played 90 minutes in all but Leeds’ season opener against Millwall and is well on the road to becoming a crucial component in the side.
With a sense for danger, accurate distribution and calm on the ball all in his arsenal, a confident Bianchi looks to be a real asset for Leeds.
Things are certainly looking up for things at Elland Road at the moment in no small part due to Bianchi - and if the ex-Sassuolo man can carry his form over from week-to-week, Cellino’s project in Yorkshire could be well on its way soon enough after a rough start.