Date: 9th March 2020 at 5:00pm
Written by: Zak Roome

Some Leeds United fans have been lauding Gaetano Berardi on social media, after the Swiss centre-half produced an ‘immense’ shift in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town.

Boss Marcelo Bielsa called on the 31-year-old to open the Championship affair as Ben White was tasked with anchoring the midfield in Kalvin Phillips’ absence, with the 24-year-old omitted as a precaution following the knee injury that prevented him from featuring in last month’s victory at Middlesbrough.

Berardi had opened the Boro clash but only found himself on the bench for the following rout of Hull City, though his appearance at home to Huddersfield moves the one-time international to 11 starts in 17 league outings this term.

It was also only the second time in 2020 that Berardi saw out the full 90 minutes of a second-tier fixture, while again helping the Whites to keep a clean sheet as we moved a point clear of former league leaders West Bromwich Albion after they could only draw with Swansea City.

Does Berardi deserve a new contract?

Yes, absolutely

Yes, absolutely

Yes, but only a 1-year deal

Yes, but only a 1-year deal

No, he's not good enough

No, he's not good enough

Fans have taken to social media to lavish Berardi with praise following Saturday’s win over West Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield, with some even suggesting that owner Andrea Radrizzani ought to offer the £9,000-per-week defender a new contract with his current terms due to expire this summer.

Two stats from the Terriers clash that have particularly sparked conversation online when shared by LUFC Data was that Berardi boasted the highest pass completion rating of any starting player (93%), while also boasting the most completed passes (55) of anyone who featured.

Berardi took 75 touches, as well, while making four clearances, two interceptions, two tackles and won four of seven ground duels and two of six aerial contests, per Sofa Score.

Here are some of the messages shared by fans lauding Berardi for his shift over the weekend…

In other Leeds United news, a prominent pundit has suggested a key Whites man is not ready to take the next step in his career.

 
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