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Why isn't Gaetano Berardi getting more chances for Leeds United?

Comparing Leeds United defenders Gaetano Berardi and Scott Wootton this season.

Leeds United defender Scott Wootton recently saw quite a turnaround in his career, going from a player who seemed destined for a permanent Elland Road exit to one who has now signed a contract extension having played the last eight matches for Neil Redfearn’s side.

But while Wootton gets his Leeds career back on track, questions must be asked of a man who plays in the position that the former Manchester United player has seemingly made his own.

Gaetano Berardi has made 14 appearances for Leeds this season but he has rarely been seen in recent months, spending six of the last eight Championship matches on the bench and appearing for just a single minute as a substitute.

Wootton is not a right-back by trade, and while he has not done badly in that position there are Leeds fans who still question his regular inclusion in the side ahead of the Swiss-born player.

  Passing AccuracyAccurate Crosses per GameOutfield Blocks per GameDuels Won per GameInterceptions Won per GameTackles Won per GameDribbles per Game
Gaetano Berardi 81% 0.25 0.42 4.83 1.5 2.17 0.33
Scott Wootton 68% 0.41 0.35 5.47 1.88 1.47 0.18

Considering the two players' league performances this season, Berardi's passing accuracy is a full 13 per cent better than his Leeds teammate's, while the Swiss also averages more blocks and more successful tackles per appearance.

Wootton is better when it comes to accurate crosses, interceptions and duels won but Berardi is ahead in terms of dribbles.

With plenty of matches still to play, Redfearn may well opt to give Berardi more chances before the end of the campaign, but with Wottoon's reinvention at Leeds, his teammate may struggle for much more than a place on the bench for a while yet.

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