Championship

Return of Roofe and Berardi comes at perfect time for Leeds

The loss to Birmingham City was Leeds’ first of their Championship campaign and since then, the Yorkshire side have struggled to regain their momentum and have only managed one win in their last three league games.

However, it’s no surprise that the club’s stuttering run of form has coincided with a period that has seen them lose key players, Pablo Hernandez, Kemar Roofe and Gaetano Berardi.

In what will come as positive news for the Leeds faithful, both Roofe and Berardi made their respective comebacks today in an under-23s game against Burnley.

The Breakdown

Up front, Roofe has become one of the better players in the league and before his injury, he was playing at a level that might have classified him as the best forward in the league. His ability to create goals and score them was superb, and fitted in perfectly with Bielsa’s style of play.

Although Pontus Jansson has stepped in and performed well in Berardi’s absence, in tandem with Liam Cooper, Berardi had formed a solid partnership and his added mobility at the back was clearly something that Bielsa liked.

Moreover, with Luke Ayling out due to suspension, having Berard back immediately fills that right-back spot for the immediate future.

As it stands, there’s just six points between 1st and sixth and it looks as though it’s going to be a tight race for promotion. After a run of slightly poor form, having both players back is great news for Leeds.

What do you think Leeds fans? 

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