Exclusive: Paul Robinson hails impact of Liam Cooper in win v Luton
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Paul Robinson has hailed the impact of centre-back Liam Cooper in Leeds’ 2-1 win against Luton on Saturday.
Cooper replaced the injured Gaetano Berardi, who was being targetted by Luton and had already made a few clumsy challenges.
Cooper made an instant impact and Leeds saw the game out to take the vital three points.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “Centre-half, captains, leaders do that.
“And when you lose a player of Berardi’s quality and such an important player, then you turn around and you’ve got someone like Cooper coming on? It’s fine, don’t worry, no problem.
“It was touch and go whether Cooper would have started anyway, and to have someone of his leadership qualities and someone who leads by example with his performances, as well as being so vocal, it’s great.
“He’s very vocal on the pitch and he seemed to have a calming effect on the team when he came on against Luton.”
Marcelo Bielsa is giving Cooper every chance to start against Reading, with the 28-year-old still not at 100% after a groin issue that kept him out of the Scotland squad over the international break.
Talking in his pre-match press conference, he said that Cooper would “probably” start, but that if he failed a late fitness test, Berardi would retain his place in the starting XI.
If Cooper does play, he’s likely to be the only change from the side that beat Luton on Saturday.
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