Many Leeds United supporters have been suggesting that Gaetano Berardi was one of the Whites’ standout performers in their 1-0 win at Middlesbrough on Wednesday night.
Berardi, much like last season, has found himself as more of a squad player than a regular starter under Marcelo Bielsa, but the defender has still managed to play a key role within the Whites’ squad in terms of filling in for injuries and suspensions and offering the option to rotate the defence.
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Against Middlesbrough, Berardi was brought into the starting line-up by Bielsa at the heart of Leeds’ defence alongside Liam Cooper, with Ben White having been moved into the holding midfield role in the absence of the influential Kalvin Phillips.
Leeds had kept back-to-back clean sheets in wins against Reading and Bristol City, and so Bielsa would have been hoping that the Whites would be able to maintain their recent defensive record, despite having to make alterations to the back four for the trip to Middlesbrough.
Berardi delivered a really strong defensive performance throughout the ninety minutes at the Riverside, with the 31-year-old offering a commanding presence and ensuring that Leeds were able to prevent Middlesbrough from hurting them, as they looked to break down their defence.
It was a performance which saw the defender put his body on the line when needed and ensure that Leeds were able to deal with any balls into the penalty area, which shows just how important an option he is to Bielsa’s side when he is needed.
Here then, we take a look at what Leeds fans have been saying about Berardi’s performance on social media…
Berardi was brilliant last night, and to be fair has been every time he's been called upon this season. A slight nutcase but a great pro to have in your team #lufc
— Ben Dobson (@bendobson21) February 27, 2020
I would love Berardi to get one more year if we go up. He’s been a great servant. He’s had rash moments which have cost us at times but in the main I think he’s been brilliant and he gets the club too #LUFC
— Nick (@Nicklufc801) February 27, 2020
How good has Berardi been every time he's played this season.
Genuinely outstanding. An utter rock that deserves a new contract if he wants one.
Cult Hero. #lufc
— Dan Samme (@DanSamme) February 26, 2020
Berardi, Coops and Dallas all brilliant tonight. Onto hull on Saturday! 👊🏼 #lufc
— Oliver Medd (@OliverMedd7) February 26, 2020
Shout out Berardi tonight, he won everything #lufc
— Tom Johnson (@TommyJA3) February 26, 2020
Everyone was great tonight, but special kudos to Klich, Dallas and Berardi tonight, they were superb #lufc
— Rebecca (@beckslufc7) February 26, 2020
Klich was everywhere. Berardi solid, like he's played every week. Dallas industrious, never stopped. All three should take massive plaudits for their work tonight 👏🏻 #lufc
— Lee B (@LeeB_LUFC) February 26, 2020