Cellino flop Dario del Fabro discarded by Leeds after one appearance set to sign for Juventus

Sunderland's Connor Wickham in action with Leeds United's Dario Del Fabro (R)

Did Leeds United make an error of judgement with Dario del Fabro?

Leeds United loan flop Dario del Fabro is set to clinch a move to Juventus.

Del Fabro signed for Leeds on loan for the 2014/15 season, Massimo Cellino's first full year as the club's owner.

The young centre-back was unable to get into the club's first team, spending the campaign with the under-21s.

He made just one appearance, a 1-0 FA Cup defeat at Sunderland, and Neil Redfearn did not pick him again.

Sunderland's Connor Wickham in action with Leeds United's Dario Del Fabro (R) Leeds United's Dario Del Fabro on his only appearance for the club

Now their failure to get more out of him looks a little suspect, given the way his career has panned out since leaving the Whites.

Del Fabro returned to Cagliari and after impressing on loan in Serie B, he has caught the eye.

Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla broke the news last night that Del Fabro met with Juventus yesterday and has put pen to paper on a five-year deal.

Sunderland's Conner Wickham in action with Leeds' Dario Del FabroSunderland's Connor Wickham in action with Leeds' Dario Del Fabro

The former Italy youth captain is regarded as one for the future by Juventus and is still just 22-years-old.

He could be sent out on loan again but Juventus believe they have made an important investment and he is one of the best young defenders in Italy.

At the end of his time at Leeds, Del Fabro was implicated in the 'sicknote six' scandal, as one of half a dozen players who controversially ruled themselves out of the away fixture with Charlton.

Del Fabro of course had no chance of being selected anyway, having been overlooked in the league all season.

The Whites could certainly do with a centre-back at present, and their failure to get more out of the young Italian looks like a missed opportunity.

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