Earlier this week, Italian full-back Gabriele Perico joined the Leeds United first team on trial, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Phil Hay.
As indicated by Hay, 32-year-old Gabriele Perico joined United on a trial basis, the right-back having been a free agent following his release by AC Cesena at the start of this summer’s transfer window. Perico played 35 times last season for Serie B side Cesena, who finish 6th in the table, where he scored three times and provided two assists.
Yesterday, against Italian side Atalanta, the on-trial right-back was given the opening 45 minutes of the game to further prove his worth. Prior to that, he’d only been at the club for less than a week and played in a low-key friendly fixture against Farsley Celtic.
So, how did the 32-year-old get on in his first trip out in the colours of Leeds United.
Did Perico cope?
In all honesty you could tell that he was a little ‘ring-rusty’ and he was a little off the pace at times. Generally though, he did all right. His positioning was much better than, dare I say it, Scott Wootton and he seemed confident out at right-back. He was solid in the tackle and didn’t allow the very dangerous Alejandro Gomez, Atalanta’s diminutive Argentinian winger, much space to operate. He showed good awareness on one occasion, in the 19th minute of the game, to calmly get himself in position to forcefully head a dangerous cross from Andrea Conti out of play for a corner – this gaining him some recognition from Sol Bamba.
Of course, the only real view is that of Leeds United head coach Garry Monk as it will be him involved in the assessment of whether Perico will bring anything to the side.
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Of course, not everything is black-and-white in Leeds United land – there are fans over on social media dismissing Perico as ‘just another Italian’. That’s Leeds United though, it wouldn’t feel right with a consensus of opinion where Whites fans are screaming “Get ‘im, get ‘im” at the top of their lung capacity. But, as it stands, Monk seems to be happy with what he’s seen but it remains to be seen whether the club will be taking the plunge and bringing him in.