Leeds United fans debate whether Berardi or Wootton should start

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What did Leeds United fans have to say about Gaetano Berardi shortly before he was recalled to the starting line-up?

Leeds United’s supporters have seen plenty of players feature for their side this season, with varying degrees of success.

Prior to Saturday, Gaetano Berardi had made 14 appearances for Leeds this season having to make do with a watching brief in recent times, with centre-back Scott Wootton used as a surprisingly effective right-back following Sam Byram’s switch to the wing.

That said, Wootton still divides opinion among the Leeds faithful and recently we published an article looking at the former Manchester United defender’s form this season compared with that of Berardi.

The article prompted some interesting debate among Leeds fans, with some believing Berardi should return to the starting line-up and others feeling the Swiss player was not cut out for a place in the starting line-up.

Leeds’ form may have fluctuated this season, but they have some very promising players on their books and manager Neil Redfearn has, for the most part, used them well.

As for Berardi, he was back in the starting line-up for Saturday’s match against Wigan Athletic, but here are some of the comments written by fans about the player prior to that performance:


FRED said: ‘Berardi has the same mad temperament as Bellusci and he is also a liability, just like Bellusci. Leeds have enough problems, without having players in the team, that get sent off regularly and also get booked in nearly every game that they play in.

Good on Redfearn, for standing his ground and turning the season around, by playing sensible players, who know this League.’


Paul Cranswick said: ‘Lewie Coyle is the one who could make the role his own but at present Wootton is useful in there because of the added height he brings to set piece situations. Adding him and Bamba into the mix and we have stopped shipping goals from corners and free kicks. Give me Sam or Lewie or Zac Thompson ahead of both in that position but Wootton has served a role well to be fair to him. Berardi is a liability as he is too prone to fly-in.’


John Palmer said: ‘Wootton is hopeless and getting away with it but has helped with Bamba and Morison to our pathetic lack of height. This side is almost a very good side. Redfearn likes Cellino but doesn’t have the same ideas about how to get results.'


Leeds Lover said: ‘Berardi is better than Wooton and has had very few goals scored against us from down his side when playing.

Redders loved these Cellino signings when he was in temp charge, three wins and a draw. Brilliant performance during the first Derby game, brilliant performance against Sunderland; our best performances have come when most of Cellino signings were playing. Redders plays Sloth out of position so he can't shine further, puts a striker up front who doesn't know what a goal post looks like, plays a midfield that keep getting overrun and cannot provide for our strikers.’

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