Leeds United fans have taken to Twitter to react to the suggestion that Gaetano Berardi is the solution to the club’s defensive injury concerns.
On Monday, Pontus Jansson was ruled out for up to three weeks by the Whites after suffering a knee injury in their 1-0 defeat at home to Sheffield United on Saturday, and he could miss crucial games versus Millwall and Birmingham City.
Berardi could be set to replace the Sweden international after recovering from a torn hamstring which has restricted him to just nine Championship appearances this term.
Head Coach Marcelo Bielsa is a known admirer of the Switzerland international, and regarded him as one of his first-choice defenders until he suffered that injury back in October.
For some fans, the passion and dedication that Berardi demonstrates on the pitch is precisely what the Elland Road club need as they look to force their way back into the automatic promotion places with just eight games of the season left to play.
Others have questioned his defensive capabilities and proposed that alternative options, including highly-rated youngster Aapo Halme, could provide better cover before Jansson is fit to return.
After Phil Hay tweeted that Berardi could return to the starting line-up, fans were quick to have their say…
Commeth the hour.
I think we’re all on board with this. pic.twitter.com/ydJgYWTdVr
— Jennifer (@jenbarlufc) March 19, 2019
— Ryan Jeffries (@RyanJeffries) March 19, 2019
Berardi was keeping Pontus out of the team until he got injured. No problem with him returning to the team. We need Phillips as DM.
— Mike Powell (@Mike55Powell) March 19, 2019
Was looking v good at cb so not worried.
— jayjay82 (@jwh1982) March 19, 2019
He’s small but really good at timing his defensive leaps. Strong too. Boro are a bigger team than Millwall and he was MOT in that game. He’ll cope.
— WJ (@jessop_william) March 19, 2019
Why not Halme? He’d be a much better option.
— Matty Harrison (@harrisonmatty1) March 19, 2019
Apo Halme for me, done nothing wrong when he’s come in. We need his 6ft 5in to defend set pieces
— Michael moorehead (@Michael85229262) March 19, 2019
Him and Cooper no wonder we have blown promotion
— CM (@Chris_Moulds1) March 19, 2019