Gaetano Berardi’s Leeds career has been an interesting one. The very fact he’s picked up six red cards during his time at Elland Road sums that up.
However, against Stoke on Saturday afternoon, he was back in form and put himself firmly in supporters’ good books following a defensive display in which he kept a clean sheet.
Berardi was playing in back three consisting of Ben White and Kalvin Phillips as the Whites secured a 3-0 win.
The Swiss defender came in for the injured Liam Cooper, a decision that seemed a possibility last week and had fans moaning about his potential inclusion.
But it appears they have been proven wrong, taking to Twitter to praise the 5 foot 10 man after an impressing showing that saw him win five aerial duels.
One fan made reference to the haters, seemingly happy with the way he played at the weekend whilst another said he’d get into the starting XI of every team in the Championship.
The 31-year-old was absolutely everywhere according to a further supporter as he was also described as a hero.
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Here’s the best of the reaction.
Because he’s actually a top player at this level, sure he has a screw loose but he’d pretty much get in the starting 11 of every team in this league
— Joe Atherton (@joetmatherton) August 24, 2019
Solid yesterday I’ll give him that
— Jamie Waite (@JamieWaite95) August 25, 2019
Thought this was his best showing today, looked absolutely everywhere!
— Daniel Cunningham (@DanielC67616275) August 24, 2019
But his haters say he’s a liability. And he’s too short to play centre half. It’s almost like Marcelo knows more than they do…
— Ted Atkinson ?? (@tedatkinson) August 25, 2019
Glad he had a cracking game looked well off pace when came on against Brentford but hard coming on into games too
— ?Russ? (@russcausier) August 24, 2019
Yesterday’s victory was built on the defence, with White & Berardi supreme #lufc
— Josh (@Josh12666697) August 25, 2019
— Andrew Verner (@averner87) August 24, 2019
Better starter than sub
— Rich (@richwalker10) August 24, 2019