Berardi shows Leeds teammate Wootton he's up for the fight with impressive right-back display

Elland Road pitchside

Taking a closer look at the latest performance of Leeds United's Swiss right-back.

Leeds United right-back Gaetano Berardi put in a wonderful shift as the Whites kicked off their new Championship campaign with a 1-1 draw against Burnley.

It was an entertaining match from beginning to end, with the Swiss full-back showing he fully deserves his starting spot ahead of Scott Wootton, who had to make do with a late substitute appearance.

Last season it was Wootton who made the Leeds right-back spot his own under former manager Neil Redfearn, but Berardi is clearly new boss Uwe Rosler’s preferred choice and the former Manchester United player will wonder just how many chances he is likely to get after Saturday’s performance.

  Passing AccuracyKey PassesInterceptions WonDuels WonTackles WonAerials WonEffective ClearancesDispossessedMins Played
Gaetano Berardi 85% 1 3 6 4 1 2 0 90

Berardi had an impressive 85 per cent passing accuracy and he was not dispossessed all afternoon. He also won three interceptions, six duels, four tackles and one aerial battle, while he also played one key pass and made two effective clearances.

But the stats do not tell the whole story and Berardi looked nothing short of immense for the entire match, keeping Burnley's wide players at bay time and again.

For a time it looked as though Berardi would be something of a forgotten man at Leeds but those doubts have provided unfounded, with the 26-year-old now a key player for the club.

He may have stepped in and performed well at left-back last season but it seems he will now be starring week in, week out on the opposite flank, and rightly so.




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