By Olly Allen

23rd Nov, 2021 | 9:15pm

Leeds United captain Liam Cooper just one yellow card away from suspension

Leeds United captain Liam Cooper will be playing on a tightrope in the next few Premier League games.

The Scottish international received his fourth yellow card of the Premier League campaign in the 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon.

Any player who earns five bookings in the first 19 league games of the season is handed a one-match suspension.

That leaves Cooper with seven games to avoid being shown a card in – including matches against Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea.

He is not the only one in the Leeds squad facing this predicament. Forward Rodrigo – who missed the defeat to Spurs due to injury – is also one booking away from suspension.

It goes without saying that losing Cooper would be a huge blow for Marcelo Bielsa as the skipper is a vital part of the team, not just with his performances but the leadership and experiences he brings as well. He has played every single minute in the Premier League this season.

What is particularly worrying is that the game the 30-year-old could miss could be against one of the league’s best sides away from home, with trips to Anfield, the Etihad Stadium and Stamford Bridge to come over the next month.

It is almost worth suggesting that Cooper picks up a booking in one of the next two matches, so he misses a home clash with either Crystal Palace or Brentford.

That said, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that the captain goes the next seven games without his name being taken by the referee as his yellow card against Spurs was his first in eight matches.

Rodrigo would of course also be a big miss if he was handed a suspension, with Patrick Bamford still out injured.

However, Leeds proved they can still look dangerous going forward without him against Tottenham, when teenager Joe Gelhardt put in an impressive performance on his first Premier League start.

In other Leeds United news, a local journalist has claimed that a Whites target is going nowhere in January.