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Play-off ill-discipline dictates Leeds would be wise to offload Gaetano Berardi

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Play-off ill-discipline dictates Leeds would be wise to offload Gaetano Berardi

The 30-year-old saw red in the play-off semi-final defeat against Derby County.

Leeds United will look to strengthen their squad in the summer after failing to reach the Premier League this season.

Some of the current crop could be offloaded to make room for new additions to Marcelo Bielsa’s ranks and it looks like being a busy summer at Elland Road.

One man who is attracting interest is Gaetano Berardi. According to Brescia Oggi, Italian outfit Brescia are keen to land the versatile defender during the transfer window.

The 30-year-old played just 15 times during 2018/19 and largely acted as a backup for the central defensive pairing of Liam Cooper and Pontus Jansson.

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He did miss quite a bit of the campaign with a hamstring injury too which didn’t help his cause for a regular place in Bielsa’s team.

 

During the play-off semi-final second leg against Leeds, Berardi let the Whites down. His rash challenge to earn a second yellow card with the aggregate score tied at 3-3 cost his team the match.

It would be slightly harsh on a loyal servant if that was to prove his last act in a Leeds shirt, but nonetheless, it highlights much about his character.

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If Leeds are to avoid another season of bottling promotion, they simply need better players adding to their squad. Berardi has done a job, but is that enough for a team desperate to reach the Premier League?

He has shown time and time again just how erratic he can be and the Derby debacle might just be the final straw.

The 30-year-old has just a year left on his contract and given his ill-discipline against Derby, Leeds would be wise to finally severe ties with the Swiss-born defender.

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