Ben White has explained that he’s loved playing alongside Leeds United captain Liam Cooper in defence since his move to Elland Road this summer due to the communication between the pair.
The Whites sit top of the Championship table after seven league matches and have the best defensive record in the division, with just three goals conceded so far.
Marcelo Bielsa’s team are looking for redemption after losing in the play-off semi-finals last season and are looking extremely strong this year.
White has made a huge impact since he joined on a season-long loan from Brighton and has slotted into the XI seamlessly.
The 21-year-old has been almost faultless in playing out from the back with his range of passing, while he’s a top defender too that is good in the air and reads play well.
He has forged a great partnership at centre-back next to Cooper, who is a real leader in the Leeds dressing room and has great experience.
Cooper, 28, has proven himself at Championship level in recent years and was playing for Scotland during the last international break.
White has claimed that his teammate is constantly talking to him on the pitch during games and is pleased with the partnership.
“When you don’t have the ball you switch off and that’s why it’s been so good playing with Coops because he’s always on my case,” White told LUTV.
White has slotted in effortlessly at Leeds and the support of Cooper will certainly be one of the contributing factors to that.
There is an argument to suggest the Whites now look an even strong defensive outfit than last year, despite losing Pontus Jansson to Brentford in the summer transfer window.
Cooper is the type of authoritative figure that barks order all over the pitch at his teammates and his no-nonsense approach makes him a great leader.