Could Leeds midfielder Bianchi be an unexpectedly welcome tool for Uwe Rosler?

Uwe Rosler

The midfielder seems to have fallen off the radar during his down time through injury.

Tommaso Bianchi is currently fighting to overcome a cartilage injury he suffered on Leeds' pre-season tour of Austria; one that has prevented him from featuring in any of Uwe Rosler's plans in the new campaign.

The diagnosis of Bianchi's injury was minor in the early stages, but surgery was eventually required on the problem, leaving the Italian with an arduous journey just to return to contention.

As reported by according to the club's official website. last week, that journey is now nearing an end. And barring any unexpected late recurrence of the injury, it won't be long before Rosler can add another player to his squad. 

The Italian midfielder, by his own admittance, struggled at times in his first season in England; even if the hectic environment did make it a tough place to settle for players joining from abroad.

“It was difficult for me because of the change of country, the philosophy of the football, but I think I started well at the beginning of last season,” Bianchi told the Yorkshire Evening Post last month.

When played in a deep-lying midfield role, the 26-year-old showed himself on a number of occasions to be a quality performer at Championship level. His comfort in possession was displayed as a leading facet of his game, even if his adaptation didn't go all the way to plan.

His manager, Uwe Rosler, was critical of Leeds for their 'bravery' in possession against Ipswich on Tuesday night, while he singled out Bianchi for praise when he was first getting to grips with his squad at Elland Road.

“I felt Tommaso was one of the players who really came on,” Rosler also told the Yorkshire Evening Post, shortly after the midfielder's injury. “It’s a pity.”

Bianchi was one of his most utilised midfielders in pre-season, before going down with the problem. And when he returns to match fitness, that belief from his manager, as well as the more stable surroundings at the club, could see him become a surprise package in his second year at the club.

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