Date: 3rd May 2019 at 10:57am
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EXCLUSIVE

Noel Whelan is unconvinced at Gaetano Berardi being recalled to the Leeds United team at left-back for Sunday’s showdown against Ipswich Town.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds striker and lifelong fan claimed the Switzerland international is a “round peg in a square hole” on the left side of defence because of his reliance on his right foot.

United are without four left-backs for Sunday’s fixture at Portman Road after Stuart Dallas was ruled out of the fixture with a knee injury.

Leeds are set to hand Berardi just his third start since October at left-back after he was used at centre-back alongside Pontus Jansson in the clashes against Brentford and Sheffield Wednesday.

“Losing Dallas is a blow, and the left-back situation is so unfortunate,” Whelan told Football Insider. “Dallas is also not a natural left footer but he is good on the ball and going forward.

“Berardi is a round peg in a square hole at left-back. He gives you more aggression [than Dallas] and won’t let you down, but Marcelo Bielsa likes an attacking full-back and he’s not the ideal choice.

“I think Berardi is better at centre-back and right-back, and looks more comfortable there.”

Bielsa is short of options after senior duo Barry Douglas and Ezgjan Alioski, who has been converted to left-back with some success, were ruled out for the rest of the season with knee injuries, the same fate that has befallen rising star Leif Davis.

Dallas could return for the end-of-season play-offs.

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