Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan slams Giuseppe Bellusci, says he must be sold

The Italian defender is currently very unpopular at Elland Road.

Leeds United’s season has come to an end with a 1-1 draw against Preston North End at Deepdale. Chris Wood’s penalty was cancelled out by a late Jordan Hugill strike after Scott Wootton had made a mistake at the back.

Now the team must start being assembled for the new season.

Leeds need to improve the squad and some players need to be moved on, with Italian defender Giuseppe Bellusci a popular candidate for the exit door.

He has fallen foul of the Leeds fans in recent months for lacklustre performances and, what comes across as, his indifference to the club’s fortunes.

Now one former Leeds player has called on him to be sold.

Noel Whelan pulled no punches in his criticism of the Italian telling BBC Radio Leeds after today’s game:

“For me Bellusci has got to go.

“I don’t think he’s right for the club, I don’t think he’s good for the players.

“I’m sorry to say that. I’ve been in clubs where one person is a disease and you have got to get rid of that disease or else it spreads.

“You want everyone fighting the same cause, a togetherness, a good attitude about everybody.

“Either he changes his attitude and buys into that. You know, it is his decision.”

Harsh words indeed but they echo the sentiment of many who would like to see Bellusci, a signing by controversial owner Massimo Cellino, moved on at the end of the season.

This week he has been linked to plenty of teams back in Italy and it would surely seem a wise decision from the club to move him on.

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