Noel Whelan has urged the club to bin Gaetano Berardi this summer as he can’t be trusted to keep his temper in check.
The one-time Switzerland international has a wretched disciplinary record and this came to the fore in Wednesday’s play-off defeat to Derby County when he was sent off in the second half for a rash tackle when already on a yellow card.
Ten-man Leeds lost 4-2 on the night and 4-3 on aggregate as Berardi partnered Liam Cooper at centre-back in both legs in place of the injured Pontus Jansson.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Whelan believes Berard’s commitment is unquestionable but the spin-offs make him an accident waiting to happen.
“It was a stupid challenge from Berardi when he was on a yellow,” the ex-Leeds striker told Football Insider. “You can’t afford to have players like that.
“He looked like he was playing for rag-a****d Rovers. He has got previous when it comes to rash tackles and daft mistakes. Just when Leeds needed their experienced players to keep a nice steady head and regroup, that happens.”
Berardi, who turns 31 in August, has a year remaining on his Leeds contract.
He is a huge fans favourite due to his wholeheartedness and heart-on-the-sleeve playing style, accumulating 130 appearances in total for the club.
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