26-Year-Old Leeds Utd Star Hit By Two Game Ban

Leeds United star Gaetano Berardi has been hit by a two game suspension for his two bookings against Huddersfield Town at the weekend, as confirmed by the Football Association.

Berardi has suffered the longer suspension due to his sending off against Accrington Stanley in the League Cup, a violent tackle with little prompt that took him out for several games.

While the Swiss right back has had solid displays when he has played, discipline has been an issue, and it is questionable as to whether he can be relied upon to not get himself sent off.

The suspension should see Sam Byram restored to the first team for the clash with Brentford at the weekend, although Byram has also had his own problems with suspensions this season.

He was red carded for allegedly head butting an opponent against Watford, which saw him suspended for three matches. Byram lost his position in the first team to Berardi as a result.

Goal Hungry Liverpool Hit Man Seeking Match Fitness

Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert is, by his own admission, still trying to find full match fitness, which he hopes will aid his sharpness when playing, as reported by the Daily Express.

While Liverpool managed a dramatic win in the League Cup against Middlesbrough, going through on penalties, but Lambert was little more than a side note.

The 32 year old was eventually replaced by Mario Balotelli towards the end of the game, and he has since divulged that he is still working on his fitness.

“I didn’t feel as sharp as I want to feel,” Lambert said.

“That’s the main thing I want to look at going back into training.

“I want to get my match fitness up because obviously everyone knows I’m not playing every game so I have to adapt myself now.

“I think I’m going to have to do more so my fitness is up to the same level as everybody else.

“Obviously that’s probably an aspect as well, which I’ve got to take into consideration and not let affect me.

“But that’s just the way it is, and the situation I’m in. I’m more than confident I can start contributing the way I know I can.

“I do work, push myself to the limit, but maybe I am going to have to go to the fitness coach and see if I can do more.”

 

The former Southampton man made an early summer move to Anfield, joining the club he supported as a child.

He was part of England’s disappointing World Cup campaign, which saw Roy Hodgson’s side eliminated during the group stage, although Lambert had little impact before England went out.

Lambert has had a circuitous route to Anfield, having started his career at the club before dropping down to the lower leagues and establishing himself as a regular goal threat.

Tottenham Set To Battle With Liverpool For £10m Prospect – reports

Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are set to face off in the race for MK Dons’ young midfielder Dele Alli, as reported by the Daily Express.

Reports are suggesting that both Mauricio Pochettino and Brendan Rodgers have been impressed by the 18 year old, and they both intend to make a move for him next summer, assuming he is available for transfer.

Pochettino has a great record for developing young talent, as shown by his time at both Southampton and during his spell at Espanyol, where he developed that reputation.

His time at the south coast club saw Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez all progress considerably as footballers.

Rodgers, on the other hand, has given the likes of Raheem Sterling the chance to shine at Anfield, and would be a good manager for another young prospect.

While Alli has recently signed a new contract with the Milton Keynes club, this was more of an attempt to protect his value, and there is little expectation at the club that he will stay past next summer.

Alli was one of several players to star as his side beat Man Utd 4-0.