Leeds star Berardi had his best game of the season vs Wednesday in three areas

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Leeds United star Gaetano Berardi performed well against Sheffield Wednesday.

Leeds United full-back Gaetano Berardi had his best game of the season in a number of key areas during the 1-1 home draw with Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship on Saturday.

Owner Massimo Cellino used his Italian contacts in the summer to purchase Gaetano Berardi on a two-year deal from Serie A outfit Sampdoria.

The former Switzerland under-21 international was dismissed with a straight red card on his debut in the League Cup, therefore wasn’t available for selection in the Championship until September.

He has gone on to make four league appearances for the Whites, and his game against Wednesday in the Yorkshire derby was his best to date in three key areas.

  PositionTeamVsEffective ClearanceInterceptionsDuels WonAppearancesMins Played
Gaetano Berardi DF Leeds Sheff Wed 6 5 12 1 90
Gaetano Berardi DF Leeds Bournemouth 4 3 3 1 90
Gaetano Berardi DF Leeds Birmingham 4 2 2 1 90
Gaetano Berardi DF Leeds Huddersfield 2 1 9 1 73

As per the table, Berardi performed superbly from a defensive perspective as his side shared the points against a fired-up opposition.

The former Brescia man was in Darko Milanic’s starting XI for the first time, at left-back, and was charged with the task of stopping the Owls’ dangerman Chris Maguire.

Berardi recorded six effective clearances and made five interceptions, his best marks on both accounts in a Leeds United shirt.

Additionally, the natural right-back won an impressive 12 duels against his opposite winger, three more than he recorded against Huddersfield and a whopping ten more he recorded against Birmingham City.

Leeds boss Darko Milanic has a big squad to choose from and in defence 32-year-old Stephen Warnock has generally been favoured in one of the fullback positions.

His absence from the first team XI on Saturday gave Berardi his opportunity to show his new boss what he can do and on that display he arguably deserves to keep his place in the team.

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