Former Leeds United flop Giuseppe Bellusci makes entirely predictable start to Palermo career

Leeds fans celebrate their team's victory during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on November 29, 2014 in Leeds, England.

Giuseppe Bellusci has not wasted any time showing Palermo what he's all about - Leeds United fans know only too well.

Giuseppe Bellusci of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Burnley at Elland Road on August 8, 2015 in Leeds, England.

If there’s one word you can’t use to describe Giuseppe Bellusci, it’s ‘discipline’. The volatile Italian spent his entire time at Leeds United walking a tightrope and, across two seasons in English football, Bellusci somehow managed to accumulate 25 yellow cards.

The odd booking is hardly a sign of a bad defender. After all, cult hero Pontus Jansson is no stranger to a caution.

Yet, when Bellusci was bookending silly yellows with rash challenges and defending like a four-year-old with a faulty PlayStation controller, it’s fair to say Leeds fans weren’t exactly mourning his departure when he left for Palermo on a permanent basis this summer.

Giuseppe Bellusci (L) of Leeds United and Steven Naismith of Everton battle for the ball during the Pre Season Friendly match between Leeds United and Everton at Elland Road on August 1,...

Thomas Christiansen made it immediately clear that the 28-year-old was not part of his plans when he took over at Elland Road in the summer, allowing Bellusci to join Serie B side Palermo on a free transfer.

Four games, first red

And it’s fair to say the former Catania defender, who was booked more times (15) than any other player in Serie A during a loan spell last season, has wasted no time showing his new employers what he is all about.

Just four games into his Palermo career, Bellusci already has his first straight red card for the club, picked up in the dying seconds of Tuesday’s 1-0 victory over Perugia. Not that Bellusci has any regrets, of course.

Giuseppe Bellusci of US Citta di Palermo in action during the Serie B between Brescia Calcio and US Citta di Palermo at Stadio Mario Rigamonti on September 2, 2017 in Brescia, Italy.

“I decided to make a bad foul (because Palermo were in danger of a counter attack). I would do it again a hundred times if it was worth winning,” the ‘defender’ told Forza Palermo.

Old habits die hard, it seems.

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