leeds united unveil new away kit as bellusci’s flight lands safelyBack
Admittedly some of the impact of the launch of the new Leeds United away kit was lost when the Football League included it on their list of strips a couple of weeks ago, but today was the first to chance to see the new shirt close up.
It was also the first chance to see if its resemblance to the away kit worn in the mid-nineties by a certain team based near Manchester Ship Canal was more than Leeds fans can bear.
The navy shirts with pin-thin white horizontal stripes doesn’t immediately say ‘Leeds United’, but the polo shirt styling does produce a better overall effect than last season’s effort, that made much of the team look like dusty brass ornaments found in a backstreet antiques shop.
United will be sticking to the home kit for tonight’s League Cup game with Accrington Stanley, in which Tommaso Bianchi could make his debut and Steve Morison could return. New recruits are still being promised, and one is on English soil today: Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli reported that Giuseppe Bellusci was “On the flight from Rome Fiumicino to Manchester, then to Leeds,” which was likely to be Jet2 flight 792, which touched down safely ahead of schedule 13:43BST. Assuming he won’t be signed or registered in time to play tonight, the next place to look for him will be Terry George’s Twitter feed.
This will be the second time Leeds have come close to signing Bellusci this summer, and reports from Sky Sports’ Graeme Bailey say the club have gone back for another player they previously couldn’t secure: a fee has apparently been agreed with Chesterfield for Liam Cooper, who caught sporting director Nicola Salerno’s eye in the recent friendly.