By Alex Stevens
Hadi Sacko tore Gaetano Berardi to shreds during Leeds training this week – and fans urged the struggling winger to be as effective in matches.
The official Leeds website posted clips of Sacko using his trickery and pace to burn Berardi during training drills at the club’s Thorp Arch headquarters as they make preparations for Saturday’s Championship clash against Brighton.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) March 14, 2017
The clips generated lots of responses from Leeds fans who were struck at how easily the on-loan winger whizzed past Berardi, who has been in outstanding form in the defence over the last three months.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Benjamin Thornton (@BenjaminTlufc) March 14, 2017
— Dave kemp (@kempdavid1975) March 14, 2017
— Tom (@thomas_wilson04) March 14, 2017
— Liam Fernandez (@liam69ers) March 14, 2017
— MaxFlash67 (@maxrgreen) March 14, 2017
— James81 (@LUFCJames81) March 14, 2017
The Switzerland international is a certainty to start the Yorkshire giants’ fixture against Brighton, while Sacko’s place is in considerable doubt.
The right-winger was in the starting XI for the goalless draw against QPR last Saturday but had a difficult afternoon and was substituted after an hour and replaced by Kemar Roofe.
Sacko was one of Leeds’ most inspired attacking players in the first half of the season after nailing down a regular place in the side during his season-long loan from Sporting Lisbon.
But his form has dipped in recent months and the most common criticism from supporters is that he lacks end product, with his 35 appearances in all competitions yielding two goals and four assists.
Leeds host Brighton with the aim of consolidating their place in the play-off spots after a haul of 66 points from 37 matches took them to fourth in the table.
In other Leeds news, the Yorkshire giants are in shock talks to sign a Liverpool attacking player.