Leeds United could make a shrewd short-term signing in Gaetano Berardi amid Paul Robinson’s transfer claim.
The Italian was let go by Marcelo Bielsa’s side over the summer amid a long spell out injured, but with the Whites facing a bit of an injury crisis at the back, former goalkeeper Paul Robinson has suggested Berardi as a potential solution.
He said: “Depending on his condition, depending on how fit he is and where he is and what he’s been doing for the last couple of months, he could be an option. He’s somebody who knows the club, knows the players and knows the manager.
“It’d be a difficult one and a bit of humble pie to be asking, ‘can you come back and help us out?’. But as a person and a player, he probably would answer the call. It’s an option but it just depends on how serious and how long the injuries are going to be.”
With 155 games played for the club, Berardi was a reliable customer at the back for Leeds as they fought their way to the Premier League.
He first started playing for the Elland Road side back in the 2014/2015 campaign, and featured in 22 of the Whites’ promotion-winning campaign in the Championship last season.
Speaking after his emotional exit from Elland Road, Berardi himself said: “What we built in the last years with the people is something priceless. It is very sad, it is hard to leave this place, to leave the club and leave a lot of good people.
“The fans see what you give for the team, you don’t have to be a really strong player to have the respect of the fans, they can see what you do and if you are an incredible player like Pablo (Hernandez) they love you, if you are an average player like me they love you as well. They really see what you are, it is incredible and I couldn’t have imagined this, I will always have the respect for them.”
The Whites don’t need him to come in and play week-in and week-put in the Premier League, but if he can prove his fitness, then he could be very valuable cover and someone who can add a bit more experience in the dressing room too.
The 5 foot 10 ace could be a real short-term fix for Bielsa’s side.