Leeds United have been knocking on the door of the Premier League over the past 18 months, and Monday represented this group of players’ first opportunity to play against top-flight opposition since Marcelo Bielsa’s appointment.
With the Whites sitting in first and looking likely to go up this term, the Argentine has to figure out which players can do a job for him in the Premier League and which can’t.
Unfortunately, reports over the past few months indicated that the manager had already made his mind up on one player, but Monday’s showing may mean that he wants to make a U-turn on his previous decision.
Of course, we’re talking about Gaetano Berardi.
However, his performance against Arsenal showed that he still has something to offer in this team, even in the top flight.
Three interceptions, three clearances and one blocked shot were three key stats in what was a solid performance from the defender as he proved that he’s capable of dealing with the best that the top-flight has to offer.
Would Berardi be a starter for Leeds in the top-tier? Probably not, but Monday proved that he’s good enough to be a backup option and with the Whites only having one senior centre-back signed on beyond this season, keeping the Swiss wouldn’t be a bad thing.
In other news, one pre-match decision from Marcelo Bielsa worried a number of Leeds fans.