Leeds United have been without defender Gaetano Berardi since July due to a cruciate ligament rupture. Marcelo Bielsa has provided an update in his press conference before the West Ham game, via Phil Hay, on when he believes the player could return.
The latest on Berardi
Hay revealed the latest on the forgotten man: ‘Very interesting snippet is that Bielsa hopes Gaetano Berardi will be back from February onwards. No plans to go into the market for another CB in January.’
This is great news for Leeds
The 32 year-old has enjoyed 155 appearances at the club (Transfermarkt) and has managed to pick up two goals and seven assists along the way. It will be good for the player, who has been at Leeds since 2014, to return as he will get his first ever taste of Premier League football.
It will be a big boost for Bielsa as well. Speaking before the Premier League season started, former top flight defender Alex Bruce was full of praise for Berardi, saying: “Whenever I’ve seen him he’s always impressed me, he’s a tenacious player and I’m sure he’s someone, if they’re going to have a fight on their hands next season to stay in the Premier League, he’s the kind of character they’d want around the camp.”
He is also very versatile, and has played across the back four whilst at the club. Therefore, it is very interesting that Hay also reports that the club will not be looking at another centre-back in the January transfer window.
This shows that Bielsa has full faith in Berardi to succeed for the club in England’s top flight despite his lack of experience at that level.
In other news, here is the latest update on the club and their pursuit of a Serie A striker!
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