Leeds United trio slated by Italian website, but missed transfer target is praised

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Three Whites players scored terribly in Calciomercato's weekend review, but this all-too-familiar Sheffield Wednesday star impressed.

Marco Silvestri "collapsed", Mirco Antenucci was "bland" and Giuseppe Bellusci was "simply disastrous" - that's the assessment of Calciomercato after Leeds United's 4-1 defeat against Huddersfield Town.

And, to rub further salt in the wounds, one player the Whites supposedly missed out on last summer, Fernando Forestieri, came out smelling of roses, following his goalscoring display for Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

In the website's overview of Italians in action overseas, Silvestri was given an overall score of 5.5 out of 10 - which was bumped up by his first-half penalty save from Nahki Wells.

But it got worse from there, with Antenucci, who was described as being "usually very active and enterprising", receiving a 4.5 for his efforts. Calciomercato did however acknowledge that he was "badly served by his teammates".

Bellusci, though, bore the brunt of the website's criticism, being accused of making "the wrong choices" and told he "could not do worse" - though his score of 4 suggests there was plenty of room for deterioration.

Meanwhile, Forestieri, who scored Wednesday's second goal in a 3-0 win over Charlton Athletic, received a 7 out of 10, was described as "the strength of the Owls" and credited with carrying his team this year.

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino said the former Watford forward, who was named man of the match in January's Yorkshire derby at Hillsborough, "lacked the mentality" to play for the Whites, after pulling out of a deal in August, as reported by BBC Sport.

However, Forestieri told the Sheffield Star after signing for Wednesday that no-one from Elland Road made contact with either him or his agent. 

"No-one from Leeds spoke to me or my agent," the 26-year-old said.

"To the Leeds fans I like to say sorry because everyone followed me on Twitter and they were disappointed with me. But it was not my fault.

"I am very sorry for the Leeds fans. In the beginning, not to speak with me or my agent was bad. I didn’t like this.”

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