Steve Evans says Giuseppe Bellusci was 'outstanding' against Bolton

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The Leeds head coach has heaped praise on the 26-year-old.

Leeds United head coach Steve Evans believes Giuseppe Bellusci was 'outstanding' against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon, according to BBC Radio Leeds.

Indeed, Evans was pleased with United's defending throughout and feels the Italian barely put a foot wrong.

Leeds won 2-1 against Neil Lennon's men thanks to a brace from Mirco Antenucci.

And the Scot told the BBC: "I thought even when Liam [Cooper] had to come off, we were so strong. I thought Bellusci, apart from the odd poor ball out, was outstanding."

Bellusci's rise, though, is contrary to tradition.

Indeed, the Italian has produced a strong run of form despite being heavily criticised by Leeds fans in the past - and developing a reputation as someone who doesn't exactly mind upsetting the supporters.

Back in September, meanwhile, former striker and BBC pundit Noel Whelan said of Bellusci: "It's been shocking defending from the word go. He's been shambolic and I personally don't think he should be on the pitch.

"He shouldn't be playing for Leeds United. I don't think he's good enough. I don't trust him as a player, it's as simple as that.

"He doesn't have the right skill to play for this football club and maybe play in this division."

It's quite a turnaround and it would be interesting to see what Whelan makes of Bellusci's upturn in form. Ironically, Leeds would be doing far better of late had more of their players mirrored the 26-year-old...

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