Leeds United defender Liam Cooper has been at Elland Road since 2014 and has certainly had some mixed times with the club.
The no-nonsense centre-back has been unreliable at times for the Whites and inconsistency has plagued his game in the Championship.
He’s always been a warrior defender that leaves everything on the pitch, but it seemed like he’d reached his ceiling.
Leeds captain Cooper has now become the unsung hero under manager Marcelo Bielsa and is beginning to look like a top player.
The 27-year-old returned from injury on Friday night to the heart of defence and immediately boosted his team in a 2-0 home win over Derby County.
He has been doubted by many during his time in Yorkshire, but is now a brilliant performer in the Leeds team and is key to the club’s promotion bid.
Pontus Jansson often takes the limelight for his defensive performances, but his centre-back painter Cooper is just as key to the operation.
Cooper is the real leader of the backline with his organisation and captaincy skills, while he has an excellent array of long-range passing in his locker on his left foot.
There are many heroes in Bielsa’s pack that have helped Leeds to the top of the Championship table and Cooper is perhaps one that doesn’t get enough credit, as they look for more solid when he is involved.