It’s no secret that Giuseppe Bellusci is back in the Leeds United fold for pre-season following what was a hostile return for the Italian defender during the 5-1 victory over Guiseley AFC at Nthermoor.
Bellusci, 27, joined Empoli on loan last campaign after a controversial two-years at Elland Road led to a large amount of fans calling for the club to sell him.
The defender’s alleged prominent role in the infamous “sicknote six” saga in which six of the Leeds United first-team allegedly refused to play for the club has left a real sour taste in the mouth of United supporters.
Other rumours of bust-ups with players, smoking whilst wearing the club badge, being animated over criticism from commentators, have left the player with such a bad reputation that it is almost unquestionable that the club and Bellusci should part ways.
During Saturday’s win over Guiseley, the friction between some supporters and the italian defender was at an all-time high, as the controversial character was booed and verbally abused.
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— Oliver White (@OliWhiteMOT93) July 8, 2017
Bellusci responded to the calls of “time to go” by posting this on his Twitter account:
Fortunately in this world we have the children to set an example to the adults!
— Giuseppe Bellusci (@peppe_ele) July 8, 2017
And it’s not the first time Bellusci has been unable to ignore the criticism aimed towards him, having devised a spreadsheet of his stats back in 2016:
— Giuseppe Bellusci (@peppe_ele) May 4, 2016
On the flip side, a handful of attendees at the Guiseley game did seem to appreciate the former Catania player by asking for his autograph and pictures.
However, after such a long time of ownership that has divided fans on social media and in the stands, Leeds United finally appear to be steering towards a steadier ship under the management of Andrea Radrizzani and another reason for fans to bicker is untimely and no what Thomas Christiansen’s needs ahead of what could be another promising season.
The conversation may be about a footballer, but it isn’t directly about the football. Some see the argument of “anyone who wears the shirt gets backed”, while others see the side of “be accountable for your actions”.
It is difficult to defend a footballer who went well out of his way to muddy his relationship with Leeds United fans, and rather than get on with his football and change opinions, like has happened to an extent for Souleymane Doukara, Bellusci has continued the debacle and whilst he is still a Leeds United player it will not do the club as a whole any favours.
Thomas Christiansen did state after Saturday’s game that a decision had been made on the future of Bellusci, and for the sake of Leeds United it needs to be the right one. Giuseppe Bellusci needs to leave the club quickly so everyone can move on and leave it well in the past.