Leeds United lost 3-0 to Middlesbrough at the weekend with one player in particular failing to deliver.
It is fair to say Leeds United defender Giuseppe Bellusci has had better games than the one his club’s fans were forced to endure on Sunday.
The Italian centre-back returned to the starting line-up in favour of Liam Cooper for Leeds’ match against Middlesbrough, and Bellusci proceeded to make a mistake that led to David Nugent’s opener before sending a diving header past his own goalkeeper to double the hosts’ advantage.
It was an all-round shocking performance from Bellusci and one wonders just how many more times he will be seen in a Leeds shirt in the short term if manager Uwe Rosler has his say.
Cooper and Sol Bamba are undeniably the best central defensive pairing currently at the club, and while the Ivorian also had a game to forget it is Bellusci’s inclusion that generated most of the post-match discussion among Leeds fans.
Some of them posted comments here at HITC after the game and below is a selection that make it clear what they think of Bellusci’s poor showing:
Nickie Illingworth said: ‘Once again a poor performance, we’re just not good enough! Bellusci was a joke and should have been taken off. Leeds supporters deserve better. Shocking!’
LeedsLad said: ‘You ask "Why did he pick him ahead of Cooper"? Simple: because Cellino told him to do so; how else would this failure of a player even be still at our club?’
WhiteKnight said: ‘The whole back 5 where shocking as a unit like the first time they had played together. We were fine going forward but the back 5 was like watching kids playing musical chairs instead of when the music stops sit down, when a centre forward runs into the box sit down. Three gifts…Christmas came early today.’
David Lockwood said: ‘I hope that Cellino didn't see that performance for God's sake!’
Henri Mouni said: ‘I don't know why Bellusci was selected to play. I thought Leeds were the better team, and dominated the stats. Boro's defence was very strong. Leeds defence stinks at centre back.’