What part might Berardi and Roberts play this season?

11 Dec 2020 08:46 am, by 1964white

Good Morning. It's Thursday 10th December, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...

Can Gaetano Berardi play a part this season?

Marcelo Bielsa that Gaetano Berardi could be available for selection in just a couple of months following knee surgery in July. The 32-year-old Swiss international has been side-lined after tearing his cruciate knee ligament against Derby in July. Talking about the defensive options available to him at the pre match press conference on Wednesday and following Robin Koch’s injury Bielsa said; “we also expect to count on Berardi from February”.

It was heart-breaking to see Berardi stretchered off the pitch against Derby having extended his contract to see Leeds over the line despite having no assurances over where he would be playing this season. His ‘side before self’ attitude has always endeared him to the fans and the majority were delighted when the club did the right thing and gave him a contract for this season despite knowing he would miss the majority through injury.

But sentiment aside, does Berardi have anything to offer in the Premier League? Coming back from knee surgery is hard enough without having to adjust to a new league with greater demands.

What future for Tyler Roberts?

Friday night will see Rodrigo Moreno return to Leeds United’s starting line-up following his positive Covid-19 diagnosis. Stuart Dallas, the modern-day Paul Madeley, has covered in midfield during his absence and as ever has done an admirable job. But what des that say about the future of Tyler Roberts? With the attacking options of Rodrigo, Raphinha, Hernandez, Costa and Harrison and Dallas used as cover, how far down the pecking order is Tyler Roberts?

Whilst Roberts is a player with undoubted potential, injuries have hampered his early career and on the occasion he filled in for Pablo Hernandez earlier in the season he failed to live up to that potential. The odd glimpse here and there perhaps but not enough to seal a place in Marcelo Bielsa’s side. Now firmly down the pecking order, with the likes of Poveda now Bielsa’s impact sub of choice, is it time for Roberts to move out on loan to aid his development?

Will Leeds return for Rodrigo de Paul in January?

In the rumour that refuses to go away the speculation that Rodrigo de Paul could be heading to Elland Road has risen again with the transfer window just a few weeks away. The Whites were heavily linked with a move to sign the Argentinian during the summer but a deal could not be completed. Udinese were after £37 million for the player in summer but reports from the Italian website CalcioMercato claim that Udinese’s asking price has since dropped to £27 million.

Speaking to The Boot Room former Leeds United shotstopper Nigel Martyn says the player would be a ‘good addition’ to Bielsa’s squad; “If you’ve got the money, and you can afford to do it, the quality of player is what you need in this division. But if you’re going to spend that money, he has to play”. Would you go back in for De Paul this summer? He is no talented no question but where would he fit into the team with Rodrigo, Klich and Phillips completing Marcelo Bielsa’s midfield currently?

Leeds v West Ham

1) Are you happy with tonight's line-up? Would you have made anymore changes apart from Rodrigo?

2) Do you enjoy 8pm kick-offs on a Friday night?

3) Who do you consider West Ham's most influential/dangerous player?

4) How good are West Ham this season in your opinion?

5) If there is one player you could pluck out of the current West Ham team, who would it be?

6 Do you rate David Moyes?

7) Any special memories of our games v the Hammers at Elland Road

8 Who are your favourite West Ham players from the past?

9) Win, lose or draw?

10) Would you be happy with a point?

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Lumiukko wrote on 11 Dec 2020 07:42 pm

Glad to hear you're home Ell!

Berardi- What a servant he has been. Not sure we will see him on the pitch in any meaningful way this season, but a backup/bench player I would be more than happy to see him. Got to remember that any game time will potentially put him at risk of a new injury and no chance of moving on at the end of the season (like last season).

Roberts- Also don't see what role he can play for us. Doesn't seem to fit any of the positions properly (maybe striker, but he's behind Bam and Rodders, and like others would like to see Greenwood or Gelhardt get a chance as third in line).

RDP- Would take him in a heartbeat in January, but we really do need one more CB as priority over CM/CAM.

andrewjohnsmith wrote on 11 Dec 2020 07:04 pm


My first thought was - Berardi might play for us again - after Llorente and Koch injuries. I don't see us buying another center back with them on the roster. So, late-season injuries might see Berardi play a part for us. That said, we've got some great prospects in Casey, Cresswell, Drameh, and Kenneh too.


It's going to take an injury crisis to get him involved again. There's too much attacking midfield, but injuries to Bamford and Rodrigo would get him a game upfront. It would probably be best for him to go play for a crappy championship team next year to see if he can develop as a starting striker. In the aforementioned injury scenario, I'd rather see Gelhardt and Greenwood getting a look.


Don't think we're looking for a striker or an attacking mid. I think Bielsa just wants a box-to-box midfielder, someone that could play beside or behind Klich

Leeds1000 wrote on 11 Dec 2020 06:37 pm

Ellandback1 wrote: Fri Dec 11, 2020 2:05 pm Good Afternoon from the high dependency ward at Southampton General Hospital!!!

Just got back home.

So, I've had a loooong term chest infection.

4 lots of different antibiotics.

Recently started to cough up the phlegm.

Seems excess coughing has caused severe pain to the right side of my abs.

Any coughing, inhaling of breathe or anything manual is agony.

3 lots of blood tests, nebulizer,

ECG, and Echocardiogram abd bloods all clear.

Pain is unbelievable. Theyve given me oral morphine and kodine.

Just got back from the General
Awful sounding night/days you have had Ell. Glad to hear the coughing is loosening, nothing worse that that dry pointless irritating cough.

Will Leeds return for Rodrigo de Paul in January?

I think depending where we are in the league will determine if there is any transfer activity.

What future for Tyler Roberts?

I am not really sure where he fits in this team. If Bamford gets injured Rodrigo goes up top for me. I guess he's in direct competition with Shackleton. Take your pick... altho i'm unsure if any of them will turn out to be good enough for the PL? Bielsa seems to like him tho.

Can Gaetano Berardi play a part this season?

Has much as i think Bera is a warrior and always gives 100%. Its a big ask after such a long layoff to come back at this level. Never right him off tho, but i can't see him playing again for Leeds?

Carrick Dave wrote on 11 Dec 2020 06:25 pm

Irish Ian wrote: Fri Dec 11, 2020 6:16 pm Hope so Dave.

I too was conceded about Rod getting game time but from now on he should start in every match. Let's hope he and Raph can put them on a plate for Bamford
The little time Rod and Paddy have been seen on the pitch together they seemed to have been developing a bit of an understanding and appear to like playing together, I hope it flourishes into the sort of 9/10 partnership we need.

I wish Klich would start hitting the target, even a jammy goal might re-ignite his cutting edge going forward (to mix my metaphors). :)

1964white wrote on 11 Dec 2020 06:24 pm

Four think Costa should replace Jack