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Warrington praises Leeds defender Berardi

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Leeds-born professional boxer Josh Warrington has raved about the qualities of defender Gaetano Berardi.

The 29-year-old has become a mainstay in the team under Thomas Christiansen and is renowned for being a touch tackler, but a quiet character off the pitch.

He has started the last four consecutive matches for and is currently the preferred left-back option over both Vurnon Anita and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson.

The Swiss defender is a right-back by trade, but the right-footed defender has shown his versatility during his time at Elland Road.

He is known as a big fan favourite for his fully committed performances, but there have been question marks over his ability at times this campaign.

Warrington believes that Berardi does his talking on the and the star accompanied the boxer for his ring walk in the win over Dennis Ceylan in October.

“Just hard working, heart on his sleeve player. Does his talking on the pitch,” Warrington wrote on his personal Twitter account.

OPINION

It is easy to see why Berardi is a big favourite with some fans due to his clear dedication and he always leaves everything out on the pitch. However, even some die-hard Berardi supporters have grown frustrated with his display recently and have called for his axe from the starting XI. The powerhouse defender excels going forward, but doesn’t quite have the tools of a modern day going forward. It is easy to forget he is playing out of position and looks a far more solid player on the right, which is a position currently cemented by the consistent Luke Ayling.

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