Will Gaetano Berardi's form force Leeds United into the transfer market?

APOEL's Spanish head coach Thomas Christiansen gestures prior to the Europa League group B football match beetween Young Boys and APOEL at the Stade de Suisse in Bern on October 20, 2016.

Leeds United do have a decent left-back in Gaetano Berardi - but he's performing well below expectations this season.

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...

Gaetano Berardi came from nowhere to become one of the first names on Leeds United’s team sheet last season under Garry Monk.

But since Thomas Christiansen took over, the Swiss defender has not quite been the same solid presence at left-back. Leeds fans clamoured for Berardi to be dropped from the side after the 4-1 hammering at Wolves last month – and he was the subject of criticism again from some quarters despite The Whites’ 3-1 away win at QPR on Saturday.

So perhaps his difficult run of form will have given Christiansen a rather unwelcome dilemma ahead of the January transfer window.

APOEL's Spanish head coach Thomas Christiansen gestures prior to the Europa League group B football match beetween Young Boys and APOEL at the Stade de Suisse in Bern on October 20, 2016.

There are a few positions Leeds clearly need to strengthen in January, particularly at centre-forward and arguably at centre-half.

But left-back is arguably the weakest area of Leeds’ squad with Christiansen trialling Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Stuart Dallas, Gjanni Alioski and Vurnon Anita, as well as Berardi, in the problem position this season.

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,...

And while it appears unlikely that Leeds will make wholesale changes to their squad in January, this is obviously one position that director of football Victor Orta needs to put full effort into strengthening.

Though it is difficult to overlook the fact that, if Berardi was performing at the level of last season, he could have saved Leeds from needing to devote a hefty chunk of their budget at reinforcing their left-back options in January.

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