Leeds went top of the Championship with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Brentford last night thanks to a go from Eddie Nketiah.
The Whites have kept three clean sheets in a row, as a defence marshalled by Liam Cooper and Ben White look more secure than the backline did last season.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side needed to tighten up and make the most of their limited defensive options – in terms of numbers – compared to last season and the signs are that they’re doing exactly that.
Cooper drew plenty of praise on Twitter for his performance at the heart of a defence that is proving to be the bedrock of another strong start to the season.
He has had to step up even more following the departure of Pontus Jansson – who he came up against for the first time since he left this summer – and is doing exactly that.
Ultimately, Cooper kept a clean sheet in last night’s meeting and Jansson didn’t, and Leeds are showing precious few signs of missing the Swede so far.
Another Stella performance tonight Captain?
— Nick Rippon-Smith ?? (@NickRipponSmith) August 21, 2019
Well played, Coops. Well played to every single one of ye last night. We're playing some beautiful football ??
— Alan Thompson ?? (@thombo1987) August 22, 2019
Loved the controls and bring downs from the goal kicks and long balls.
— BielsaCarajo ?? ?? (@carajo_bielsa) August 21, 2019
Well done coops, u and White are smashing it ?? @LiamCooper__
— Nick Mallinder ?? (@mallindoso) August 22, 2019
You and benny boy ROCK SOLID AGAIN
— Will (@LUFCwill12) August 21, 2019
SUPER DUPER LIAM COOPER.
— Liam (@Liamdestroyer39) August 21, 2019
Another amazing performance from you tonight coops?
— Jess (@jesslufcx) August 21, 2019
Oh captain, my captain.
— Dean Smith (@deansmith7) August 21, 2019
GET IN SKIP
— Ross O'Connor (@lufcroc) August 22, 2019
What a club. What a player ???
— Matt Ski (@dzialowskimatt) August 22, 2019
Class performance Captain ??
— HullWhites ?? (@WhitesHull) August 22, 2019
It's a game last season, we would have probably lost. Says a lot about the team that we won that tonight. Keep it up captain
— Jake (@Jonesylufc88) August 22, 2019
Liam well done sunshine you bossed it
— Liam Thompt (@LiamThompt) August 21, 2019
Super Duper Captain Cooper
unreal tonight mate, you and white are gonna be an unreal partnership this season. Both played well again absolute brick wall and you had to cover for a full back and sometimes two when Dallas went off.
Keep it up big man
— bensharp1846 (@bensharp1846) August 21, 2019