Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa will continue to play Gaetano Berardi at centre-half when his side face Brentford on Monday, according to Leeds Live.

The Swiss defender is more accustomed to the full-back role and is a fans’ favourite at Elland Road due to his commitment to the cause.

However, Berardi has found the going tough at times this season when he has been played centrally and struggled in Leeds’ 2-1 defeat to Wigan Athletic on Good Friday.

Whites captain Liam Cooper is currently on the sidelines through injury and Bielsa admitted in his post-match interview after the Latics defeat that the Scottish enforcer was unlikely to return against Brentford.

The Leeds boss is short of options at centre-half – an area that the supporters urged him to reinforce in the last two transfer windows.

The report suggests that Berardi will get the nod to partner Pontus Jansson again against the Bees and that he will need to improve to contain the Griffin Park forward line.

Leeds’ defeat to Wigan means that the Yorkshire outfit have dropped to third in the Championship standings, with Sheffield United in second place on goal difference after their win over Nottingham Forest.

The race for promotion looks set to go down to the wire, with the Whites faithful hoping and praying that their side can avoid the lottery of the playoffs in their big to return to the top flight for the first time since 2004.


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