Gaetano Berardi – 8 – It was hard for me not to give him a 10 because I love him so much, but Berardi’s improvement this season has been nothing short of miraculous. That’s not to say he was poor before, but he was undisciplined at times and lost his head a bit. However this year, he didn’t sulk about not starting games in the first half of the year, he got his head-down, improved his game and turned himself into a real fan-favourite. He filled in for Charlie Taylor at left-back when he was “injured”, I’m starting to wonder whether that was actually the case after Monk said this

Berardi played so well that it got to a stage where I and many others wanted him to start ahead of Taylor even when he came back. It’s not that Berardi is a better player, just that he puts 100% in every time and he just *gets* Leeds. He plays every game as any fan would, if given the chance. He was also the only Leeds player to buy a ticket to the Leeds film Do you want to win? Which say’s a lot.



  1. I agree with them all apart from Phillips.phillips is dire we should have sold him and kept mowattt his “great passing range” is good but rarely hits it’s intended target all he ever seems to do is give the ball away then get booked trying to win it back

  2. No I totally agree with the Phillips evaluation, I think he is a confidence player , much like Chris Wood. When he is on his game, he can strike a ball with thunder, ping long-range passes around the pitch, & makes tackles high up the pitch. He’s not often as entertaining to watch as many people would like, which I think is why the things he really contributes well go un-noticed, & at the end of the day, let’s not forget, he’s been started a fair few times & is still in that group of young players underneath what was the Mowatt, Cook, Taylor trio, he has a lot of learning to do, but Monk obviously see’s something in that, & Im not one to doubt his views after what he’s done for us this season.

  3. Brilliant execution of ratings though, the only one I’d slightly knock was Bridcutt, just because as much as he does sit back too much & leave the midfield open, he’s broken play up against many teams this season & stolen their momentum not allowing them to build decent attacks, always fully committed & doesn’t go half heartedly into a challenge. I’d have given him a 7

  4. Great ratings. Agreed with the majority of them exactly.
    Really enjoyed your honest opinions on the CM positions. O’Kane not given enough starts, and although Bridcutt does a lot of good mopping up, he sits far too deep and it’s as if we’re down a man on the rest of the pitch. Huge fan of Monk, only issue is his team selection sometimes. Great article!


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