Honest reflection on Leeds failings from Bessone TSS February 10, 2011 Leeds United 12 Comments Federico Bessone has given an interview to the Yorkshire Evening Post, in which he talks frankly about his failure to make the grade at Elland Road. Bessone blames nobody but himself for the abject performances he’s put in for Leeds and is clearly frustrated with himself after blowing his opportunity; “I feel disappointment, yes, but only with myself, not with anybody else. The manager gave me a chance and I didn’t play to my best. You know when you’re at a big club that if you don’t play to your best, other people are waiting. I lost my place.” Bessone goes on to talk about George McCartney coming in as his replacement. Whilst Fede understood Grayson’s decision, explaining how the Leeds United gaffer had several “honest discussions” with him about the loanee’s arrival, he is clearly frustrated at not getting another opportunity to prove his worth. Undeterred, Fede explains that when McCartney signed until the end of the season he knew he had to find first team football elsewhere and that Charlton presented the ideal opportunity. The 27 year old remains hopeful that he’ll get another chance at Elland Road and believes he’s learnt a lot in his time on the sidelines. “The way Leeds play is different to how Swansea play – a different type of football – and it took me some time to understand that. “I’ve watched games from the stands for two or three months and I think I know now how the team play and what I need to do to be part of that. “If I got a second chance then maybe I’d be better.” It’s refreshing to see a footballer accepting blame when things don’t work out. Maybe it was the antics of McSheffrey that made Fede realise the criticisms aren’t always without just cause? Leeds United have some of the most loyal, passionate and supportive fans any player could wish to play in front, but they can also be the most critical when a player fails to perform in the all white shirt that means so much to them. Taking the criticism on the chin and striving to improve on poor performances is a good first step to winning the hearts and minds of the Leeds United faithful. Fede’s honesty and desire will not go unnoticed. You can read Fede’s full interview here on the YEP website.