Trusted journalist Phil Hay has claimed that Leeds United miss the communication and experience of Liam Cooper when he doesn’t play.
While speaking about the player on The Phil Hay Show, the host claimed that Cooper can be key to helping the rest of the team with his experience.
He said: “They do some stuff with Charlie Cresswell. He speaks about his Premier League debut against West Ham last season, and one of the first things you see in the footage is [Michail] Antonio turning him.
“And he says, ‘the first thing Liam Cooper said to me after that was, don’t let him do that. Just step off him, let him have the ball, don’t get tight to him, because he’s really strong, he’s really physical. And he’ll do that to you all day.’
“And that goes back to what’s quite often said about Cooper, which is that he is a really good communicator at the back. And that, I think, is something Leeds miss when he’s not in the defence. That’s a really, really experienced, wise pro saying to a young kid, this is what you do and this is how you make it happen.”
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What’s more, it’s not as if Diego Llorente has been performing well for the club lately – as highlighted by his ‘pitiful’ recent display against Brentford. With that in mind, it’s not hard to see why Hay has claimed that the side miss Cooper’s communication at the back.
Perhaps Jesse Marsch feels the same way – so we may yet see Cooper return to action soon.