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Was Leeds United's match against Fulham the turning point in Berardi's season?

Gaetano Berardi will have seen Sam Byram excel for Leeds United at right-back and wondered what will happen when Charlie Taylor returns.

With Sam Byram playing further forward – and then not at all – for Leeds United this season, it seemed Gaetano Berardi was finally their undisputed first-choice right-back (at least in the eyes of the manager). But following the departure of Uwe Rosler could the Swiss defender have just experienced a huge turning point in his season?

Byram returned to Leeds’ starting line-up against Fulham on Wednesday evening and he excelled, suggesting that under new manager Steve Evans that is where he will be playing regularly from now on.

With Charlie Taylor unavailable, Berardi has recently been covering on the opposite flank, but the young left-back should soon be back, at which point Berardi could be set for a prolonged spell on the bench.

That would be a shame given the 27-year-old’s talent and his form since breaking back into the starting line-up last season. But the simple fact is Byram and Taylor are two of the most exciting and talented full-backs in the Championship and Wednesday may have shown a glimpse of things to come for Leeds and for Berardi in particular…

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