Neil Redfearn impressed with Gaetano Berardi’s performance for Leeds United v Wigan Athletic

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Gaetano Berardi was impressive for Leeds United against Wigan Athletic in the Championship earlier today.

Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has been singing the praises of Gaetano Berardi on BBC Radio Leeds.

The defender started the Whites’ Championship clash against Wigan Athletic away from home earlier today.

The 26-year-old gave a good account of himself at the DW Stadium and helped the West Yorkshire outfit register a 1-0 win, their second victory in a row in the Championship.

Berardi played the entire 90 minutes and emerged with impressive stats of one shot, 80% pass accuracy, one chance created, two crosses, seven interceptions,14 clearances and two blocks.

Redfearn was impressed with the performance of the Switzerland international and told BBC Radio Leeds after the match: “He was very good and very competitive. To be fair to the lad, he has been out of the picture…

“He took to it like a duck to water really, and came in and picked it up from where he left off. It was a really gritty performance and it was needed.”

Berardi, who joined Leeds from Italian club Sampdoria in the summer of 2014, has struggled for playing time so far this season.

The former Brescia star has made just 13 Championship appearances for Leeds, in which he has created five chances, has a pass accuracy of 81% and a shot accuracy of 25%, and has won 46% of the duels.

However, against Wigan at the DW Stadium, Berardi showed that he can step up when needed and can be relied upon.

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