With defensive options aplenty could Cooper be a bit part player?
25 May 2021 07:32 am, by Ellandback1
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With defensive options aplenty could Cooper be a bit part player next season?
Leeds skipper Liam Cooper has been a massive asset and servant to Leeds since his arrival from Chesterfield seven years ago for £1m. The life long Leeds fan has always given heart and soul for the club. On the field his contributions could often be littered with mistakes, but, since the arrival of Bielsa, the Scottish International has been solid at the back and difficult to break down.
With the arrival of Koch and Llorente last Summer, and the emergence of Struijk who is improving game by game; are Cooper's days numbered at Elland Road? Especially if Bielsa decides to bring in Nkoulou on a free transfer. Would Cooper be happy with a bit part next season, or should he be sold to make way for emerging talent like Casey and Cresswell?
Bielsa favourite - available on free transfer
Nicolas Nkoulou has played his last game for Torino, and will leave Turin with his head held high having been inspirational in helping his side avoid relegation. The 31 year old centre back played under Bielsa at Marseille, and he is is player that the Argentine knows and trusts, but do Leeds really need another centre back.
Hoddle - Leeds are on Europa path
Ex England supremo Glenn Hoddle believes the Whites can continue to build on what has been a fantastic nine months for them in their first season back in the top flight for sixteen years. Speaking on his podcast, the 63 year old wouldn't be surprised if they were pushing for a Europa League spot next term
They can get caught on the break, but their fitness levels are marvellous and they’ve made the Premier League even better, they really have. I think next year, you know, once you’ve set a standard it’s hard to maintain it, it’s harder, but I think they’ll have one eye on Europe you know, that’s where they’ll be aiming.
If they get a couple of players in and strengthen the squad here and there, they’re not far off and they could achieve that in the Europa. They’ve got something to go for and it’s incredible, and there’s some ambition there and when the Elland Road crowd is back 100 per cent, it will be a hard place to go, it really will be.