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Massimo Cellino's Serie B comments conflict with his transfer policy at Leeds United

Leeds owner says the Championship is far superior to Serie B, so why is he signing players from Italy's second tier?

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino told The Sun this week he now recognises The Championship is tougher than he expected. 

The Italian owner said he knows the league is better than Serie B in his homeland, having seen Leeds slip to hovering just one place above the relegation zone.

“The main thing I have learnt is that the Championship is a lot harder than the second division in Italy.

“It’s a special division. We even have the former England coach in the Championship. It’s certainly better than Serie B.”

Cellino signed many players this off-season, including those who played last season in Serie B. Clearly this has not proved a recipe for success.

  • Tommasso Bianchi signed after spending last season on loan at Serie B side Modena.
  • Souleymane Doukara scored six goals in 20 games for Juve Stabia, who were relegated from Serie B last season.
  • Mirco Antenucci was the captain of Serie B side Ternana last season.

Of the trio, only Antenucci can be considered a good addition, but even he has gone off the boil of late, failing to score in over a month.

And what's more concerning is that Cellino does not appear to have learned from this, targeting players with Serie B experience, but not the Championship.

  • Leeds are linked with signing Leonardo Pavoletti by the Yorkshire Evening Post, who scored prolifically for Serie B side Varese last season, but hasn't got a look in at Serie A side Sassuolo this campaign.
  • The latest name linked is Albanian forward Edgar Cani of Serie B team Catania by SkySports, a 25-year-old striker who has reached double figures just once in his career.

Head coach Neil Redfearn has repeatedly voiced his desire to add players in on loan with Championship experience, but Cellino appears to be heading in the opposite direction, telling The Sun he did not wish to take the recommendation for Luciano Becchio.

It's one thing taking that direction, but another moving to sign Serie B players instead, when he has just been speaking about the league's inferiority to the one Leeds are currently struggling in, and not a strategy to inspire confidence.

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