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Above average in eight areas - Bellusci impresses despite changes at Leeds

Giuseppe Bellusci has been one of Leeds United's stand out players so far this season.

Leeds United centre-back Giuseppe Bellusci has been an ever present in the defence so far this season starting eight out of the club’s 11 games, with a red card to explain for his absence elsewhere.

The 25-year-old has endured three different managers so far this season but the stats suggest he’s performing well and above Championship averages in several key areas of stats which are important for any defender.

 Numbers per game PositionTeamGoalsOutfielder BlockWon TackleEffective ClearanceDuel WonAerial WonOffside ProvokedInterception WonAppearancesMins Played
Giuseppe Bellusci DF Leeds 0.25 1.25 1.25 8.5 4.63 1.5 0.5 2.25 8 687
Championship Average - - 0.09 0.25 1.03 2.04 3.98 1.45 0.13 1.02 6.75 483.84

The immediate stat which jumps out from the page is the number of effective clearances Bellusci is making per game. He’s way above the Championship average in that section, which suggests he does the basics of no nonsense defending extremely well.

Another area he’s noticeably ahead of the league average is outfield blocks, which is a tribute to his positional play. A basic job for any defender is to create a natural barrier between the goal he’s trying to defend and the attacking player trying to score.

His positional play is further complimented by his high number of interceptions so far this season, which shows he’s an intelligent player always looking to read the play and cut out danger before it can develop.

These stats also suggest that he’s got a good core strength, which makes him difficult to get the better of whether it’s a duel on the ground or sides looking to try and hurt Leeds over the top.

In conclusion, he’s been consistent and hopefully once Darko Milanic has settled things down at the club, he’ll be able to play at the heart of a few more clean sheets than the Whites have enjoyed so far this season.

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