Remarkably, Leeds look desperate for Giuseppe Bellusci to return

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Leeds United have Giuseppe Bellusci available to return, and he needs to go straight into the side. But at the cost of who?

Leeds United look desperate for Giuseppe Bellusci to return to action after his recent suspension.

The Italian has been a player who has enjoyed mixed success since signing for Leeds, a centre-back capable of scoring impressive goals offensively, but also suspect occasionally defensively, the only defender at the club who has made more than one error leading to a shot this season.

He has struggled to get a run of games going in 2015, with two separate suspensions ruling him out. Bellusci had however been striking up a decent partnership with new signing Sol Bamba, and was terrific in the 1-0 away win against Middlesbrough.

That was arguably his best performance to date since signing for Leeds last summer, and without him they have struggled.

Sol Bamba's own displays have dipped in quality, unable to strike up the same rapport with returning captain Liam Cooper who had been injured.

Leeds have conceded five goals in two games, and face Ipswich Town next who beat Leeds 4-1 earlier in the season. Their defending was poor against Watford at the weekend, and was criticised by head coach Neil Redfearn, speaking to BBC Radio Leeds after the game.

The club had their star mid-season signing in defence, and their captain, yet remarkably it seems Bellusci's return to availability is vital for them.

It leave the question as to who should make way, and there are arguments for either.

Cooper is the club captain and dropping him would hamper his progress, while also giving Sol Bamba a rest. The Ivorian played just once in the first half of the season for Palermo before his loan.

In favour of keeping Bamba in the side however is his partnership with Bellusci which was so excellent against Boro. With Ipswich their opponents, Leeds need experience, and it would be no surprise to see the duo pair up again and Bamba retake the captaincy.

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