Greg Abbott says Gaetano Berardi has been Leeds United's best player of the season

Elland Road pitchside

Gaetano Berardi was sent off for Leeds United on Saturday.

Speaking to TV Yorkshire, former Leeds coach Greg Abbott has called Gaetano Berardi Leeds United’s best player of the season, following his sending off against Rotherham United on Saturday.

Speaking about the sending off, Abbott said: “He might come under more trouble. He’s been Leeds’ best player all season, and that could cost him three, four, it could even be more, games if the FA choose to come down on him.”

It was a happy return for Neil Redfearn at Elland Road on Saturday, as his Rotherham team defeated Leeds by a 1-0 scoreline.

Leeds not only suffered defeat at the hands of their former head coach, but also had to end the game with Berardi off the field of play following his sending off.

Leon Best elbowed him in the face - leaving Berardi with a bloody nose - but the full-back reacted in a poor manner, shoving Best over, and being sent off himself.

It was a dreadful reaction, and Berardi will be lucky to not have his ban extended for more than three games due to the act of violence.

This is a real blow to Leeds, as Abbott believes Berardi has been the Whites’ best player this season.

Despite a poor debut campaign at Elland Road, Berardi started this campaign as first-choice right-back, and looked to have established himself well in the starting XI.

He was playing at a solid Championship level, and was switched to the left-back position last month following Charlie Taylor’s injury.

Berardi is a consistently solid performer, and his absence will be a real blow to Steve Evans over the coming weeks.

Taylor is still not fully fit and ready to start games at left-back, leaving Evans with a selection dilemma over the next few weeks.

The sending off was an act of foolishness by Berardi, and whilst he should be criticised, it should not take away from how well the full-back has performed for Leeds this season.

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