'Get him gone', 'Gives 110%' – These Leeds fans react to Phil Hay claim about 31y/o
Athletic journalist Phil Hay has hinted that this might be the last season for firebrand defender Gaetano Berardi at Leeds.
Berardi, 31, who just won his appeal against his latest red card (it would have been his 8th at Leeds), is out of contract in the summer and unlike others at the club, hasn’t had any talks about an extension.
Others in a similar predicament at Elland Road have been treated differently. Stuart Dallas signed a new contract last month, while Mateusz Klich and Pablo Hernandez are currently in talks.
Column: Berardi beats the FA and ends a 12-year wait for Leeds to win a red card appeal.
But Berardi’s deal at Elland Road ends next summer and as yet no talks about an extension have taken place. Will this season be a last hurrah for the Swiss firebrand?https://t.co/36h8KxLRIB
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) October 10, 2019
Leeds fans have generally had Berardi’s back, despite simultaneously seeing him as a bit of a liability.
When he got his third red card of the 17/18 season he apologised to fans but said, “I will stop making mistakes when I die I think. There’s a big fire in me and without it I can’t play football. If I remove this fire I just go home and find a job. That’s all I can say.” [Yorkshire Evening Post]
Fans appreciate players with fire and passion but not when it really costs the club and many haven’t forgiven Berardi for getting sent off in the play-off semi-final against Derby County last season.
It wouldn’t have been a surprise for anyone to hear about him getting sent off in just his second Championship start against Millwall this season, but this time it was a mistake by the referee – although Berardi put himself in that position with a poor bit of defending on the edge of the box that let Millwall’s Tom Bradshaw through on goal in the first place.
And, despite winning his appeal, there are still a section of fans who see him as a liability now and who will be glad to see him go in the summer.
It’s not unanimous. Berardi still has his fans but he needs to prove to them that he can perform well and stay on the pitch in the next few weeks while Liam Cooper is out.
Here’s the proof of the split among fans.
Hope we pay him off in January
— Jord (@JordanBrown91) October 10, 2019
Get him gone!!
— Matt Hill (@MattyHill83) October 10, 2019
In a word hopefully. His occasional decent CB performance does not hide the fact he is average at best in all positions he plays, a liability against pace and an raving thuggish idiot at least twice a season. #lufc
— Michael Green (@Michael_Green__) October 10, 2019
Maybe it’s not just about what Leeds want regarding his contract but Berardi himself. He’s 31, playing out of position, if at all, & divides opinion among Leeds fans. He’s the antithesis of the person many portray him as & has given everything for the club. His decision to make.
— Anthony Crewdson (@ajcrewdson) October 10, 2019
he gives 110% for leeds, yes theres better but you cant fault his commitment I’d miss him if he left hes been a great servant to the club
— Andy Tunstall (@TunnyMOT) October 10, 2019
IMO it depends which league we’re in, Premiership he’s a gonner, Championship (hopefully not!!) he’ll be offered a new deal.
— Richard Box 💙💛 (@richardboxy) October 10, 2019
He's a good underrated player if he does something right he gets little to no recognition but if he makes a mistake everyone joins the 'Berardi is shite' bandwagon
— Kez Ragan (@KDR_2003) October 10, 2019
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