By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

25th Oct, 2022 | 9:10pm

BBC pundit blasts Leeds United defence, baffled by Liam Cooper decision

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…

Paul Robinson couldn’t understand why Jesse Marsch left Liam Cooper out of the side that lost to Leicester last week.

Cooper, 31, had played three Premier League games in a row after returning from injury but was inexplicably dropped to the bench at the King Power last week as Leeds lost 2-0.

The Whites captain was substituted into the game at half time but the damage was already done.

Robinson feels Leeds’ biggest issues are within their defence due to the lack of consistency in Marsch’s selection.

“Leeds are where they are for a reason,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

Defensively, they’ve not been good enough and they’ve not played well consistently.

The selection at the back has been chopped and changed.

I think it was a good decision to bring Luke Ayling back in and it was a very good decision to bring Liam Cooper back in.

I can’t understand why Cooper was left out against Leicester and it was the right move to bring them back in [against Fulham] as they’re both leaders.

Their defensive qualities are better than others too so stability is the key.

You need a settled back-four and a communication line with the goalkeeper.

I understand there are three games a week but these players can handle that because they’ve got a rest coming up with the World Cup.

Inconsistency with the selection is a problem but Marsch was right to put Cooper and Ayling in and they should stay there.”

In the last week, Marsch has named Ayling, Rasmus Kristensen, Robin Koch, Cooper, Diego Llorente, Pascal Struijk and Junior Firpo to start in his back-four.

In other Leeds United news, Marsch has been told to enter quiet talks with the PGMOL after Jeff Stelling made an accusation.