Giuseppe Bellusci’s most recent performance for Leeds United may well go down as his worst ever, with the Italian centre-back looking a liability throughout against Middlesbrough, making a mistake for the hosts’ first goal and scoring a spectacular own-goal with a diving header for their second.
With Leeds fans unsurprisingly running out of patience with Bellusci, we take a look at three alternatives that now deserve a chance ahead of him if Sol Bamba or Liam Cooper are unavailable.
The most likely – and sensible – option for someone to replace Bellusci as third-choice centre-back is obviously Scott Wootton.
The 24-year-old reinvented himself as a right-back last season with great success and he has continued there for his three league appearances to date under manager Uwe Rosler. But if the Leeds boss does insist on breaking up the Bamba-Cooper partnership again, surely Wootton is a better option than Bellusci.
This is a big season for 21-year-old Ross Killock, who is yet to make his first-team debut for Leeds.
Predominantly a centre-back, Killock is also more than comfortable playing as a right-back or a central midfielder and that versatility could ultimately be both a blessing and a curse at Elland Road.
With less than a year left on his current contract, he will be desperate to make a name for himself and having paid his dues with the under-21s he could be considered.
The youngest player on this list, 19-year-old Jake Skelton is currently making waves for Leeds’ under-21 side.
He may be young and inexperienced but he will be chomping at the bit to get a chance and would he really do any worse than Bellusci did against Boro?