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55% Pass Accuracy: Yet Redfearn backs under-performing Leeds midfielder Bianchi to improve

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Leeds United's Tommaso Bianchi completed only 95 per cent of his passes against Charlton.

Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn has given his backing to Tommaso Bianchi, despite a below par display against Charlton Athletic.

The central midfielder is a key figure in the Leeds team if playing well, but his form has really tailed off of late, and has been symptomatic of the club's results.

In the 2-2 draw at Elland Road on Tuesday night, Bianchi completed only 55 per cent of his passes, a woeful rate for a player in his position, and way below his average pass success rate of 83 per cent.

  TeamPassing AccuracyKey PassesMins Played
Tommaso Bianchi Leeds 55% 2 89

The 26-year-old Italian's display did not go unnoticed, with Neil Redfearan quizzed on it after the game.

He told BBC West Yorkshire: "He's doing alright, players have dips in form. He's brave, he gets on the ball and passes it and tries to play and he makes mistakes.

"Players make mistakes. I'd be more critical of him if he went missing, he never got on the ball or he never wanted the ball. I'd be more crtical of him then, but if people are brave and prepared to accept that (they may make errors) i'll stick with them."

Publicly it will be a real vote of confidence for the Italian, although Redfearn does not seem the type of boss who will make a habit of criticising his players in the media.

Behind close doors he may be more forceful in his criticism, but it does not seem for now, as though Bianchi faces being axed this weekend.

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