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Out since February, could Bianchi be vital for Rosler next season?

The Leeds midfielder has been out of action since February - will he fit in under the German?

At times last season, Tommaso Bianchi looked a very capable player for Leeds United.

The Italian enjoyed some standout performances, not least during the Yorkshire derby against Sheffield Wednesday.

After a few months with the Whites, however, Bianchi seemed to lose his touch. At first, it was a couple of disappointing performances. Then, it was a run of underwhelming displays, until Neil Redfearn eventually dropped him from the senior side.

He briefly returned, before injury ruled the 26-year-old out for the season, meaning he hasn't been in action for Leeds since February.

Which Bianchi will turn up next term under new boss Uwe Rosler?

 2014/15 TacklesInterceptionsAccurate PassesAppearancesMinutes Played
Tommaso Bianchi 69 49 984 24 1,965
Luke Murphy 69 42 750 30 2,433
Rodolph Austin 62 48 904 30 2,249
Giuseppe Bellusci 57 98 719 30 2,586
Lewis Cook 57 72 984 37 2,952
Sam Byram 56 56 1,169 39 3,266
Alex Mowatt 43 44 1,100 38 3,054
Liam Cooper 40 76 543 29 2,317
Sol Bamba 39 76 305 19 1,710

As Opta stats show, the Italian made some very noteworthy contributions when on song at Elland Road. In under 2,000 minutes of play, Bianchi won as many tackles as any Leeds player in the Championship.

He also won 49 interceptions and was only out-passed by Sam Byram and Alex Mowatt, who played considerably more than the midfielder last campaign.

There is no doubt the United man dipped in form halfway through the season - a very disappointing change indeed considering how brightly he started the year. So will it be Jekyll or Hyde under Rosler?

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