Leeds United had a quiet domestic deadline day, but they did add one player to their squad.
Indeed, Gaetano Berardi signed a contract with Leeds months after his previous deal with the club expired, and while the defender isn’t likely to play much this season due to his ACL injury, this may still prove to be a good move for Leeds.
Berardi may not be able to do much on the pitch, but his impact in the dressing room isn’t to be underestimated.
Not only is the Swiss international a familiar face around the club, being United’s longest-serving player, by all accounts he’s a great influence.
Pontus Jansson’s comments on Berardi earlier this year when he was asked who his favourite teammate was highlight exactly what he can bring to the club upon his return.
“I would say Gaetano Berardi at Leeds. He was like a fatherly figure to me, even though he was only two years older than me,” he stated.
Jansson went onto praise the Swiss defender for always taking care of him in the tough moments, and that is a good trait for a player to have, especially in a Marcelo Bielsa side where a lot of young players are regularly introduced to the first team.
Berardi may not earn any more points for Leeds through his playing ability, but having him around Thorp Arch and in the dressing room before a match could give some players the extra lift and guidance needed to take their game to the next level.
The deadline day move to bring Berardi back to the club may have raised some eyebrows, after all, he’s not going to be able to play for months and even when he is available, he may not be a Premier League level player, but there are a lot of cogs working in the background to make a football club successful and having a character like Berardi around certainly won’t do any harm.