Luke Ayling has claimed that his Leeds United teammate Liam Cooper is finally started to get recognised for the crucial role he plays at Elland Road.
Cooper is the club captain for the Whites and been a key player under manager Marcelo Bielsa this season.
The 27-year-old has been with the Yorkshire giants since 2014 and has really cemented his spot in the starting XI over the last couple of years.
Ayling, who usually plays alongside Cooper in the back four, has stated that the no-nonsense centre-back is now earning recognition.
“First year I came he (Cooper) wasn’t in us much as he would like to, but he last two years he’s been our captain and been a rock at the back. I think now players and fans are starting to see what a big player he is for us,” Ayling told LUTV.
Pontus Jansson often takes the headlines for his commanding displays in Leeds’ defence, but right there with him is his centre-back partner.
Cooper has been equally as important to Bielsa’s team this year and is playing a vital role in the push for promotion in the Championship.
His distribution out from the back with his left foot often helps build attacks, while he’s a warrior that puts his body on the line for the club.
Cooper may not always be the most pleasing on the eye, but he’s cut out the mistakes from his game and is the ultimate leader in the dressing room pushing the team forward.