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Liam Cooper has surely won over Leeds United supporters now

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Liam Cooper has surely won over Leeds United supporters now

The central defender has played 149 games for the Whites but hasn’t always adhered himself to the club’s supporters.

Leeds United are well on course to end their long Premier League exile this season, with the Whites currently second in the Championship.

Marcelo Bielsa is working wonders at Elland Road and their style of play has really caught the eye this season.

One man who has really upped his game this season is Liam Cooper.

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The central defender will bring up 100 games as captain of the Whites against Bristol City this weekend.

Cooper joins the likes of Lucas Radebe, Gordon Strachan and Gary McAllister in a select group of just 12 players to have captained the club 100 times.

It hasn’t always been sweetness and light for Cooper at Elland Road, however.

When the Whites first took a punt on the central defender from Chesterfield there were some serious uncertainties.

The defender cost the club £500,000, according to the Express, with big things expected.

 

Cooper was raw. He looked nervous on the ball, made errors that led to goals and just generally didn’t look up to scratch.

How times change.

The 27-year-old is now comfortably one of Leeds’ most important players and is arguably one of the top three central defenders in the second tier.

Leeds’ defensive solidity this season has been in large down to Cooper’s leadership qualities as skipper.

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He has played 27 games under Bielsa and has really stepped up his performance levels.

It’s taken five years but Leeds supporters are finally seeing the real Liam Cooper.

All he needs now is to finish the promotion job and his name will firmly be etched into Leeds folklore as not just the captain that led for over 100 games, but also the one who took the Whites back to the Promised Land.

 

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