News broke yesterday early evening that Leeds United had taken former Cagiari and Cesena full-back Gabriele Perico on trial with the first team – as per Phil Hay’s Tweet (below).

As with anything ‘Leeds United’ related, fans were all over it like bargain hunters over rails of clothes at the Next Sale. Articles started to fly out, Goggle was Googled and YouTube searched for any relevant insight into the unknown quantity that is Gabriele Perico.

To help round out some information about the trialist defender, here’s five things Perico for Leeds fans to digest.

Five things Perico for Leeds United fans

1. He has already been a victim of Leeds United fans withering wit on his Wikipedia page. On there it reads: “Gabriele Perico (born 11 March 1984 in Bergamo, Italy) is an Italian professional footballer who plays for Serie B side Cesena as a right back. He also saved a burning orphanage of blind kids with nothing but an anal bead and a flame thrower. He knows Jeff/Survivor really well and used to play in goal for Jeff’s team when he played football in the park (jumpers for goalposts) with Lucas Radebe and his kids.”

2. His footballing career saw him start out as a junior for Saturday’s visitors to Elland Road in Atalanta. He left Atalanta for current Lega Pro – Girona B side AC Prato, before moving on to then Serie B side UC AlbinoLeffe. His big break came when Serie A side Cagliari brought him to the top-tier of Italian football – a club he stayed at for four seasons before an £85,000 move to Cesena. He was released by Cesena at the end of the season just gone.

3. Performance-wise, Perico has a lot of experience in the top two tiers of Italian football. In total he has made 99 appearances in Serie A, playing 6,374 minutes and 111 Serie B appearances where he has played 8,362 minutes and scored 13 goals. The bulk of his Italian league games have been between three clubs: Cagliari (84), UC AlbinoLeffe (83) and Cesena (60). He has three assists for Cagliari over his 84 appearances, 10 goals and one assist for UC AlbinoLeffe in 83 appearances and three goals and two assists in 60 appearances for Cesena.

4. Whilst playing in the Cagliari side he played alongside players such as:

  • goalkeeper Federico Marchetti 2010/11 – currently at Lazio – value £3.4m),
  • striker Alessandro Matri (2010/11 – currently at AC Milan – value £1.7m),
  • defender Davide Astori (2011/12 – currently at Fiorentina – value £6.8m),
  • striker Mauricio Pinilla (2011/12 – currently at Atalanta – value £1.28m),
  • midfielder Radja Nainggolan (2012/13 – currently at AS Roma – value £28.05m)

5. On FIFA16, Perico is given a 69 rating with the following stats:

  • Pace – 71, Sprint Speed – 73
  • dribbling – 60, Balance – 64, Ball Control – 62
  • Defending – 70, Interceptions – 67, Marking – 69, Standing Tackle – 72
  • Physical – 70, Stamina – 72, Strength – 70, Aggression – 71
  • Beast Rating – 78
  • Traits – Long Throw, Early Crosser

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