A number of Leeds United fans have taken to Twitter to comment on Gaetano Berardi’s performance during the Whites’ 1-0 win over Middlesbrough on Wednesday night.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side secured their third win on the bounce. Mateusz Klich’s goal at the end of the first-half proved to be the difference.
Despite securing the three points, Leeds did not appear to be at their best. The home side hit the bar at the Riverside Stadium, and Bielsa’s men seemed to make an uncharacteristic amount of mistakes.
And one of the reasons that Leeds were perhaps below par may have been the absence of Kalvin Phillips. The midfielder did not recover from the injury he sustained in the weekend win over Reading.
That meant a rare start for Berardi. The 31-year-old had not featured since January, while his last start came in December’s draw with Cardiff City.
But Berardi showed few signs of being rusty. It is remarkable to think that he was almost exclusively a full-back before Bielsa arrived at Elland Road.
He looked calm and composed alongside Liam Cooper at a time when Leeds were struggling to retain possession. And his reading of the game was strong throughout.
He seemed to have one shaky moment during the second-half when he tried to recover from a heavy touch by diving into a challenge. But that was arguably a rare blip in what was a superb display.
And plenty of fans have argued that Berardi was Leeds’s man of the match on a difficult night for the visitors.
Here is what some of the fans made of the defender’s display…
Say what you want about Berardi, he’s been class all season every time he’s been called upon. He’s been so disciplined. Looks like he’s channelled his aggression, class act. #LUFC
— Josh🦘 (@JTooker97) February 26, 2020
Berardi has been excellent (again) by the way 👌
— Brian Moore 💙💛 (@BriMoo9) February 26, 2020
That Berardi header. Threw himself into the boot but damn I love that guy!
— The Beard (@Gary_Rozanski) February 26, 2020
Berardi has been the best player on the pitch the absolute nutcase
— Matt (@mattlark17) February 26, 2020
Get in there you mighty whites. Berardi superb
— alts (@JJAlton10) February 26, 2020
May go under the radar but I thought Berardi was excellent tonight. He’s been so reliable when called upon this season (besides the awful Millwall decision). Must be frustrating for him not getting much game time at this stage of his career but never complains and does his job
— Jake Heckles (@jakewantscake) February 26, 2020
A lot of fans saying he’s useless, but Berardi was immense tonight 👏 👏
— Scott Ashton (@ashylufc) February 26, 2020
To think Berardi isn’t been offered a new contract is criminal! What a win. Grinding it out. I’ll take it all day long 👌#lufc
— Davy Reddin 🇮🇪 (@davyred93) February 26, 2020