Leeds United boss Steve Evans explains why Giuseppe Bellusci was dropped

Elland Road Revie Stand

The Italian defender was left out of the Leeds squad today.

Leeds United drew 2-2 today against Hull City in a game they will feel they could have won – especially with Chris Wood missing a penalty.

Much of the talk before the game however was regarding Steve Evans’ decision to leave Italian defender Giuseppe Bellusci out of the matchday squad.

The Italian has been a divisive figure at Elland Road with many a Leeds fan not enjoying his poor performances and his body language on the pitch.

So to see him out of the squad, questions were always going to be asked.

Speaking after the game Evans confirmed that Bellusci was not injured or indeed suffering with the club illness going round. Instead he was simply left out, as Evans confirmed to BBC Radio Leeds:

“It’s certainly not attitude, we pick it on how you train. We’ve looked at Scott this week and he’s trained really well.

“You know Peppe will come back into the squad and he’ll be involved there is no issues and as you know in other weeks Sol’s been on the bench.

“We’re altogether but as a head coach you have to make sure your eyes tell you what to do. When I sat with the staff and we finalised the squad. Obviously we were a bit worried with Berardi and young Coyley. So we knew with Scott we could cover both our centre-back positions and our full-back position.”

Leeds fans will not be too bothered to see Bellusci out of the team, although Wootton, the man who replaced him, is not exactly any more popular.

The Italian has been a poor performer in recent times for Leeds and the logic is certainly there to have the more versatile Wootton on the bench than the error prone Bellusci.

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