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Morning Leeds-In for 23 November: How do you solve a problem like Berardi

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That wasn’t a great result, was it?

The “Gaetano Berardi as a starting left-back” experiment has to be over in January, right?

Berardi bleeds for Leeds, but he’s not the long-term answer at left-back, and to be honest, he doesn’t even look like the short term answer either. I know the club brought in Cameron Borthwick-Jackson with the idea that he could step into the starting line-up, but he was awful for Wolverhampton last season and was recalled early from his loan. At this point, CBJ needs to go back to Manchester United because he’s not the answer at all at left back and the club desperately needs a proper left back in the worst way.

You have to think that if the club had overspent for Aden Flint and Joe Bryan from Bristol City, as they were rumoured to be available for “the right price” after reported interest from Birmingham City as well as Leeds that the club wouldn’t be in such dire straights defensively right now. With Bristol City flying high in the Championship, despite their loss at home to Leeds, any moves in the January transfer window will be laughed off by Bristol City, even if Leeds can afford it.

Leeds need a left back, central defender, and a goalkeeper in January if they are going to compete for a playoff spot, which should be a reasonable goal. And while the run of form has been dodgy, Leeds are still only three points out of the playoffs, it’s not doom and gloom time yet.

On to the links.

Leeds United Links

Match Recap from the loss at Wolverhampton. [Through It All Together]

Jack rated the players. [Through It All Together]

England and English football Links

Bolton Wanderers blog Lion of Vienna Suite listened in to fan Q & A by the team’s owner Ken Anderson [Lion of Vienna Suite]

FC Basel beat Manchester United 1-0 LOLOLOLOL [BBC.com]

Chelsea beat FC Qarabag 4-0 and I bet no one had heard of Qarabag before this year, right? [We Ain’t Got No History]

Former Aston Villa executive Tom Fox gave an interview with the Independent, saying he wouldn’t change a thing. I think that Aston Villa fans might wish that had some things had gone differently, mate. [Independent]

World Football Links

Barcelona rested Messi against Juventus and got a 0-0 draw because why not. [Barca Blaugranes]

Bayern Munich beat RSC Anderlecht 2-1, but didn’t look that great and lost Thiago to injury. [Bavarian Football Works]

PSG beat Celtic FC 7-1 in Paris because what is real anymore. [BBC.com]