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.



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HarryofOz wrote on 25 May 2021 07:21 pm

faaip wrote: Tue May 25, 2021 11:22 am Can still sit Kalvin in front of the back three but what it wil do is push your wings backs further up and then Jack and Luke become the wing backs. Would also mean Raph would be the floating piece able to play anywhere across the front
Fair enough.

1964white wrote on 25 May 2021 04:40 pm

hector wrote: Tue May 25, 2021 10:44 am Maybe he will go with the 3 centre backs Llorente - Koch - Struijk
with 2 wing backs
As he did against the baggies with Berardi, Ayling & Cooper.

John in Louisiana wrote on 25 May 2021 03:49 pm

A very happy problem to have. How do you find playing time for all your quality?

I think with Llorente, Koch, Struijk, and Kalvin we have four players to cover three positions. Cooper makes five.

There should be game time for all with cup matches and the inevitable injuries.

hector wrote on 25 May 2021 11:59 am

faaip wrote: Tue May 25, 2021 11:22 am Can still sit Kalvin in front of the back three but what it wil do is push your wings backs further up and then Jack and Luke become the wing backs. Would also mean Raph would be the floating piece able to play anywhere across the front
This is what I was thinking....

Leeds1000 wrote on 25 May 2021 11:32 am

I think Coops will play a diminished role next season unless injuries dictate otherwise like they did last season. I expect Koch/Struik will partner Llorente if all are fully fit. Coops has had a good season in a ever changing backline but i think one more season sounds about right.

Lets see what the summer brings. Losing Raph would be a tough one to take regardless of the fee generated. His flair, speed, creativity would be difficult to replace.