Has Steve Evans saved Giuseppe Bellusci's Leeds United career?
Alex Mowatt is not the only player to look rejuvenated since Massimo Cellino decided to fire Uwe Rosler and appoint Steve Evans.
The move to bring in Evans was controversial and early results were not kind, but three wins in their last four games have put a different complexion on his start at Leeds United.
Giuseppe Bellusci is one of the players who has turned his form around, having looked lost under Rosler.
His spell under the German is best summed up by the headed own goal he scored away at Middlesbrough, but he was barely picked by Rosler, selected for only four matches.
Injury to Sol Bamba has given him more of a chance under Evans, but it is one he has seized, and statistically there has been a big improvement in his performances.
|Match||Won Tackles per game||Interceptions per game||Passing Accuracy||Aerial Duels won per game||Effective Clearances per game||Shots Blocked per game||Own Goals||Appearances|
|Giuseppe Bellusci||Under Evans||1.75||3.13||64%||2.13||2.88||0.63||0||8|
|Giuseppe Bellusci||Under Rosler||1||1.75||76%||0.5||2.75||0.5||1||4|
With his sub-par displays and lack of game time, Bellusci's spell at Leeds could have come to an end in January.
He was booed in pre-season after his involvement in the injury controversy away at Charlton last year, and the own goal at the Riverside appeared to be a point of no return with supporters.
Evans has helped him turn this around, and with a series of committed displays, the Italian is likely to play a strong role at the club between now and the end of the season.