Former Premier League striker Kevin Phillips believes that Gaetano Berardi was put ‘in the shop window’ by playing against Southampton as a summer exit looms for the 32-year-old.
The Lowdown: Leeds finish season in style
Leeds United finished an excellent first season back in the Premier League with a win on Sunday, beating West Brom 3-1 at Elland Road in front of fans.
Rodrigo, Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford got the goals for the Whites as they ended up finishing ninth in the division, which is a superb effort in their first top-flight campaign since 2003/04.
The Latest: Berardi enjoys late cameo
Earlier in the week, Marcelo Bielsa’s side won 2-0 at Southampton in a game which saw Berardi make a pleasing cameo ahead of a confirmed summer exit, the long-serving defender finally making a Premier League appearance towards the end of an injury-plagued season.
Speaking to Football Insider, Phillips claimed that it was a shrewd decision by Bielsa as it may have enabled other clubs to keep an eye on the Swiss defender in case they wish to snap him up. The ex-Sunderland striker said:
“He’s back in the shop window showing everyone that he’s fit and there’s nothing wrong with him.
“Managers are shrewd like that and it gives him the applause and a good send off.
“It was a good decision from Bielsa, it gets him out there. There’s probably a motive behind that. I think it’s more to just give him that send off from the crowd.”
The Verdict: Offers should arrive
At 32, and with a cruciate ligament injury in the past, Berardi may not be snapped up by a top club this summer, but there should still be suitors coming his way.
A solid right-back with 157 appearances to his name, the veteran could potentially be snapped up a Championship club, proving to be a good signing if he can stay fit. He sent a reminder of his talent with his performance against West Brom, winning three headers and one tackle against the Baggies.
In other news, an ex-Leeds hero has been heaping praise on a current Whites star. Find out who they are here.
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