Andy Couzens has told Football League World that he believes Leeds United need to offer defender Gaetano Berardi a new contract, with the versatile defender impressing in recent weeks for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
Berardi, now 31, is due to enter the final three months of his contract in the next few weeks – despite remaining a crucial member of the Leeds side. Though he is only back-up, he offers cover in all three areas of the defence.
In recent weeks, Leeds have now won five consecutive matches – keeping clean sheets in all five and Berardi has helped them do so in wins over both Huddersfield Town and Middlesbrough. The one-time Switzerland international is impressing.
Former Leeds midfielder Couzens was asked about Berardi’s future and he reckons the ex-Sampdoria star deserves a new deal at Elland Road, even with promotion on the horizon as the Whites sit seven points clear of third.
“I would be looking to tie him down to a new deal,” Couzens said. “He’s a squad player and might get more games elsewhere in the Championship or somewhere else in the world, but he offers so much versatility across the defence.”
TBR’s view – Couzens is bang on, Leeds would be foolish to let him go
Berardi is one of Leeds’ longest-serving players after joining the club six years ago and if anyone knows what it means to be a Leeds fan, then it is Berardi. Keeping him at the club would see the Whites see a loyal, quality figure remain.
Seemingly just as important on the pitch as he is off of it, Berardi is more than adept at impressing at Premier League level when needed. At least, another 12 months with the Yorkshire club should be considered.