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Leeds may have found their next Gaetano Berardi in 17-year-old

After struggling for depth at centre-back in the early stages of his Leeds United tenure, Marcelo Bielsa now boasts a raft of options at the heart of his defence.

The Whites boast four superb senior contenders. Meanwhile, they also have players such as Luke Ayling and Kalvin Phillips who can fill in.

And what is so encouraging for the Whites is that there are further prospects coming through.

Charlie Cresswell has already displayed his potential with impressive displays in both the Carabao Cup and Premier League.

But another of the under-23 prospects fans seem to be incredibly excited about is Kris Moore.

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The 17-year-old started to make a few appearances for Mark Jackson’s side last season. But he appears to have really established himself as an important member of the side this term.

And while watching his latest appearance – in the 2-1 loss to Sunderland on Sunday – it started to become apparent to this particular Leeds fan that the Whites may have found themselves their new Gaetano Berardi.

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Berardi was universally loved by supporters during his time with Leeds. The 33-year-old was known for his fighting spirit and inability to quit at any stage – despite not being the tallest defender by any means.

Of course, it got him into trouble at times. But it is not hard to imagine that his attitude helped set the standard around Thorp Arch.

Meanwhile, his ability on the ball came shining through following Bielsa’s appointment and decision to use Berardi as a centre-back.

Could Kris Moore evoke memories of Gaetano Berardi at Leeds?

Moore looks eerily similar to Berardi when running with the ball, particularly as he is not yet the tallest either.

He is more than happy to burst out of the backline with the idea of making something happen. But he is also clever enough to cut back and start again if the pass is not on, just as Berardi frequently did.

The Sunderland game also provided reason to draw further comparisons between Moore and Berardi.

One of the abiding memories of the Swiss stemmed from the way he seemed totally unbothered with blood pouring from his face during one appearance.

So it was somewhat fitting that Moore wanted to get back onto the pitch as soon as possible after picking up a nasty cut to the mouth from one Sunderland corner.

Moore will be under no illusions regarding how difficult it may be to break into the first-team at Elland Road.

But he has made a bright start to life with the under-23s. And if he has the desire Berardi showed during his time at Leeds, he will surely not be too far away.

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