Marcelo Bielsa’s men ran out 2-0 winners in the Premier League clash on the south coast on Tuesday night, courtesy of goals from Patrick Bamford and Tyler Roberts.

 

Berardi, who had been out with a serious injury since the end of last season, was brought on at the half time mark to make his Premier League debut.

 

 

It was an emotional occasion for the Whites and for Berardi, who is loved at the club, but Whelan thinks that he should move on next season.

 

Whelan enjoyed seeing Berardi make his Premier League bow, however he insists there is no room for the club to be sentimental and the player’s wages should be redirected elsewhere.

 

 

“Great to see Berardi out there. He’s been a great servant to the club, have enjoyed watching him throughout the good, bad, horrible times”, Whelan said post match on BBC Radio Leeds.

 

“He’s always been 100 per cent, he’s always been honest.

 

 

“I was so pleased to see him get his Premier League debut here with Leeds United. He deserved it with Leeds United, he really did.

 

“But I just can’t see why we would keep hold of a player for sentimental reasons.

 

“I think if we are going to be honest with ourselves then he is at an age now where he needs to move on.

 

“He’s going to want to play regularly if he’s going to squeeze the last bit of juice from his career playing football; he doesn’t want to sit on the bench or be a squad player, you want to finish it playing.

 

“He’s made his Premier League debut now. I think right now we need to free up the money, start looking bigger, start looking younger, for players that are going to take this club to the next level in the Premier League.”

 

Berardi, 32, was handed a new contract by Leeds last summer despite the fact he was expected to miss the majority of this season.