Leeds United defender Gaetano Berardi has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that it’s not easy for him to constantly adapt to changing positions across the side’s defence.
Berardi’s versatility has been one of his main strengths since he arrived at the club and he’s hinted that he is looking for a more settled role in the defence for the coming season.
“It’s difficult to change every game – this Saturday left, next Saturday on the right. But I think I can play both,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“Last season was difficult for many players, players from other countries, and it was a little difficult for me. Next season I think it will be better.”
Importance of a settled position
Any player who is allowed to settle in a specific role has a greater chance of being consistent in that position.
Berardi’s versatility was impressive last season, but there is a real need for him to settle in one role, which will allow him to refine his game and become an expert in a defensive position for the football club.
Leeds manager Uwe Rosler already has plenty of options on both sides of defence with the likes of Scott Wootton, Sam Byram and Charlie Taylor all capable of playing full-back roles.
The only way that Berardi’s versatility should be utilised again next season is if the club suffer an unfortunate run where players are unavailable through injury or suspension.
If that’s the case, he’ll be professional and will step in to do a professional job for the same of the team.
However, where possible Berardi appears keen to avoid the constant need for change.