The forward and defender both joined the Whites over the summer as part of Massimo Cellino’s rebuilding, signing from Ternana and Catania respectively.
Both Italians have become fan favourites at Elland Road for their performances, with Antenucci’s goalscoring being praised, and Bellusci’s never-say-die attitude making up for some errors in his defensive game.
Two of the successes of Cellino’s bulk-buy approach to recruitment over the summer, they have still been able to do little to lead the former English champions up the Championship table, and they currently sit just one point off the relegation places heading into this weekend’s fixture at Bolton. A defeat on Saturday would be their fifth in six games, and would continue their run of just two victories in their last 16 league fixtures.
It promises to be a tough second half to the season for the Whites, and, whilst one would suspect that Neil Redfearn’s side will avoid relegation to League One - with there being three worse sides in the Championship than Leeds - it would be miraculous should they finish in the top half of the table.
Regardless of their current positioning, it appears as if both Antenucci and Bellusci are enjoying their time in Yorkshire, after leaving their homeland in a transfer raid on Serie A and B, with the duo’s agent Silvio Pagliari commenting on the ‘great experience’ they are both enjoying.
Speaking to TMW, Pagliari highlighted that both players are doing well with Leeds, with the ‘beautiful environment’ of Elland Road aiding them on their road to success.
He said: “From the perspective of the individual, both are doing well. The environment is beautiful. They are living a great experience [with Leeds].”
It appears as if Cellino is set to continue his raiding of the Italian transfer markets in the January window, with Palermo men Granddi Ngoyi and Sol Bamba targeted by the Whites, along with Sassuolo forward Leonardo Pavoletti.