What could Leeds United's Malone interest mean for Berardi?

APOEL's headcoach Thomas Christiansen looks on during the UEFA Champions League group stages play-off football match between Cyprus' APOEL Nicosia and Denmark's FC Copenhagen on August 24,...

Leeds United are reportedly interested in signing the Huddersfield left-back in January.

Cardiff goalkeeper Nei Etheridge makes a fine save from Leeds player Gaetano Berardi  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at Cardiff City Stadium on...

According to a recent report from Club Call, Leeds United are interested in signing Huddersfield Town left-back Scott Malone on loan in January, so what could that mean for Gaetano Berardi?

After all, the Swiss defender made the position his own last season, excelling after moving from the opposite flank due to the impressive form of Luke Ayling.

Scott Malone of Huddersfield Town and Chung-yong Lee of Crystal Palace battle for possession during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town at...

But with Leeds struggling for consistency this time round, it seems their manager Thomas Christiansen wants a experienced left-sided player in that position after experimenting with Berardi, Vurnon Anita and, to a lesser extent, loanee Cameron Borthwick-Jackson.

Berardi is a fan favourite at Elland Road, racking up 88 appearances for Leeds to date. But this season he has looked out of sorts and with the Whites' defence shipping goals at an alarming rate in recent weeks, it is no surprise that changes are already afoot.

Malone would be a canny addition, rarely getting a look in since joining Huddersfield but with plenty of Championship experience from his time at Fulham, Cardiff City and Bournemouth to name a few.

Gaetano Berardi of Leeds United stretches for the ball during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Cambridge United and Leeds United at Cambs Glass Stadium on January 9, 2017 in...

At 26, he is three years Berardi's junior and will be desperate to make up for lost time this season.  He could also prove every bit as effective on the left as Ayling has on the right.

It would be a shame if Leeds' Swiss defender is shunted aside in January but he will at least know that he has a few more months to prove his worth, potentially convincing Christiansen that a move for another left-back is unnecessary.

It could be the motivation Berardi needs to rediscover his best form, or Leeds fans may be seeing the last of the 29-year-old in a position that may not be a natural fit but has often brought out the best in the player.

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