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The summer transfer window may have long since been closed for Championship sides, but that hasn’t stopped Leeds United from securing several player signatures in the past few weeks.
Throughout the course of the September international break, club captain Liam Cooper and key men Kalvin Phillips and Stuart Dallas have all signed new deals at the club, with the three players committing to 14 more years at Elland Road between them.
But while Leeds have already got their monies worth out of the proverbial pen and paper in the past few days, it appears that there is no intention for the flow of new contracts around Elland Road to stop anytime soon.
According to recent reports emerging from the club, midfielder Mateusz Klich is also close to signing a new deal to keep him at Elland Road for the foreseeable future, as the club look to ward off interest in another key member of their squad going forward.
Given the size and number of these contracts that are currently being announced, you imagine there will be a significant feel-good factor around the club right now.
It is no secret how impressive the players whose futures Leeds are currently securing have been in recent years, and that will surely generate a sense of belief that, having missed out on the opportunity in agonising circumstances last season, Elland Road is still set to host Premier League football sooner rather than later.
For all that optimism around the club right now however, there may be one player in particular who is currently feeling the pressure with regards to his own future, as he watches many of those around him make certain of their own.
At the time of writing, Gaetano Berardi’s contract with Leeds is set to expire at the end of the current of season, and as yet there appears to have been very little talk of a new deal at Elland Road for the Swiss defender.
That will surely be generating an element of concern in Berardi’s mind right now.
While there is no need for a new contract for the defender at any point in the immediate future, it does seem as though these contracts have been something that Leeds were keen to get done sooner rather than later, and that may suggest that Berardi is not exactly a priority for the club right now.
Having become a hugely popular figure around Leeds during his time at Elland Road, and with the club seemingly on the up once more, you would imagine Berardi will have no intentions to leave Leeds anytime soon, meaning he too will be hoping to earn a deal with the club.
That however, may soon be out of his hands, and with the defender having made just 17 appearances in the 52 league games Marcelo Bielsa has taken charge of since arriving at Elland Road – earning just one league start so far this season – the defender may be acutely aware that he is not going to be getting many chances to prove he is worthy of between now and the end of the season.
Berardi therefore, will be feeling the pressure whenever he does take to the pitch in the next few months, because right now, he is not only playing for the club’s future, but for his future as well, and that is unlikely to be a comfortable position to be in.