Gaetano Berardi may be popular choice for Leeds captaincy but would Whites be taking risk appointing him?

General view of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

The Leeds United captaincy appears to be up for grabs, but perhaps one player who deserves to be in contention should not actually be considered.

Following Thomas Christiansen's comments to the Yorkshire Evening Post earlier this week that he will let the Leeds players decide who the captain will be for the coming season, it appears that Liam Bridcutt's position in the role is under threat - especially considering that he appeared to not be a first-choice during pre-season.

If a new skipper is appointed before today's curtain-raiser with Bolton, there are arguably a number of candidates who should be mentioned in the discussion.

Gaetano Berardi of Leeds United FC controls the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds,...Gaetano Berardi

One of those players who should be in the discussion, arguably alongside the likes of Chris Wood, Pontus Jansson and Rob Green, is Gaetano Berardi. But while the Swiss deserves to be mentioned, perhaps it would be a risk appointing him.

Berardi is a much loved figure amongst the Elland Road faithful given his work-rate and his ability to make full-blooded challenges in an era where the timing of a tackle has become vitally important.

He is extremely important player for Christiansen's squad given that ability as well as the versatility he possesses, but perhaps it would be a risk to see that and decide to give him the armband.

Of course, it is very possible that Berardi will lead by example and inspire his teammates to put in just as much effort as he does - which would undoubtedly boost Leeds' chances of promotion from the Championship this season.

Gaetano Berardi of Leeds United FC passes the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds,...

But Whites fans have seen in the recent past with the likes of another cult-hero Rodolph Austin, that sometimes appointing that kind of player as captain - the kind that appears to be go about their business with little fuss - it can prove detrimental to their own form having that additional responsibility.

Berardi may thrive in the role, but if the squad has any doubts about whether the full-back will be able to maintain his own form if he became skipper, then perhaps they should look elsewhere and let the 28-year-old get on with what he does best.

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