Is Cellino's £4m valuation of Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci one of his biggest misjudgements?

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Leeds United owner values Giuseppe Bellusci highly. Is he right to do so?

The place of Giuseppe Bellusci in the Leeds side has come under increased scrutiny after his two costly errors against Rotherham United and QPR.

The centre-back's fluffed overhead kick led to conceding a winner on Saturday, before he gave away a penalty on Tuesday night to blow his side's chances of a win.

They are not the only comi-tragic errors he has made this season, with a diving header own goal away to Middlesbrough among the lowlights.

Leeds had a chance to cash in on the Italian in January, with reporting interest from Serie A strugglers Hellas Verona.

It was claimed that Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino was unwilling to part with Bellusci for anything less than £4 million, believing he could even be worth £5 million.

This was enough to deter interest, and Bellusci remained at Leeds, where he had some steady moments before the latest calamities.

Statistically, Bellusci holds his own compared to teammates Sol Bamba and Liam Cooper, but neither are themselves regarded as complete defenders, and the type of errors the Italian has made in the last two games have left fans fuming.

The £4 million valuation looks like one of Cellino's biggest misjudgements in the transfer market over the past 12 months, and to be fair, there have been times where he got it right, like cashing in on Stephen Warnock.

If Leeds had settled for £3 million, or even £2.5 million, they still would have made a small profit on the £2.25 million they paid to sign him permanently [figures via transfermarkt].

That would have been a fee which could have been reinvested wisely, as shown by Brighton's signing of Connor Goldson from Shrewsbury, with the transfer fee described as '£600,000 plus' by the Shropshire Star.

What happens next with Bellusci could depend on a variant of factors, whether interest still exists, who is managing the club next season, whether he even wants to stay, and crucially, whether or not Cellino is willing to drop his valuation.

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