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Liam Cooper, the Championship’s highest-rated player, is key to Leeds’ success

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Liam Cooper, the Championship’s highest-rated player, is key to Leeds’ success

Leeds United currently sit atop the Championship table after a hugely impressive start to the season, and centre-half Liam Cooper’s excellent performances are a key reason why the club are excelling.

According to WhoScored.com‘s player rankings, Cooper has been the best player in the division so far this season, an outstanding accolade for the Leeds captain.

With an average rating of 7.66 through his first nine appearances, the 27-year-old has been a rock at the back for Leeds and is the highest-rated player in all of the Championship.

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Cooper has been an offensive threat all season while chipping in with two goals, in addition to his stellar defensive statistics, highlighted by his average of six clearances per match.

 

The Yorkshire club possess one of the best defensive records in the Championship. Leeds have conceded just eight goals all season; only Middlesbrough and Swansea have let in less.

If Leeds are to achieve automatic promotion this season then their excellent defence, propelled by the highest-rated player in the Championship, will be a massive reason why they go up.

Max is a journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football and co-hosts a weekly podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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