Leeds United man Gaetano Berardi explains his hopes for next season

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The full-back had a decent end to last season and hopes to push on.

Leeds United took on Eintracht Frankfurt in a pre-season friendly yesterday, which ended in a 2-1 victory for the Bundesliga side. Despite the result it was a good run out for the Leeds boys and there is real optimism about the upcoming season under new boss Uwe Rosler.

One player who is hoping to continue his improvement is Gaetano Berardi.

Speaking to the Leeds United Audioboom site he stated:

“I have a little bit of heavy legs, me and the other players, but we work hard every day in training every day. But I feel good.

“Through January, February [and] March I think I feel good in the team. It was a good season for me. Now I have to go and continue this way.”

Berardi, a summer signing last season from Sampdoria, slotted in seamlessly last term at either left or right back when called upon. As Neil Redfearn began to utilise full backs Sam Byram and Charlie Taylor in a more advanced position the one-cap Swiss international really came into his own.

Can he repeat it next season?

That depends on Rosler’s tactics. If Byram and Taylor head back toward the defence, Berardi is likely to spend most of the campaign as a benched utility player, despite his ability.

Regardless what he does offer is reliability and versatility. In the Championship every team would be lucky to have someone with Berardi’s positional dexterity and professionalism in their squad.

Hopefully he will only improve next term.

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