'Really important' – Exclusive: Pundit reacts to early Leeds team news about Cooper v Wolves
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Paul Robinson has said that it is “really important” for Leeds that Liam Cooper is fit to play against Wolves tonight.
The experienced centre-back faces a late fitness test, with Marcelo Bielsa declaring him a doubt in his pre-match press conference.
Robinson said that Robin Koch had a “baptism of fire” in the Premier League alongside Pascal Struijk and that he wouldn’t be confident if the youngster returned to the side tonight.
“I think it’s really important that Liam Cooper is fit for Leeds tonight,” Robinson said, talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News.
“We saw Struijk and Koch in the first game against Liverpool and it was a real baptism of fire for Koch.
“It’s hard enough coming into the Premier League as it is, the pace of it and how the game’s played, without having an inexperienced centre-back next to you.
“Koch has grown in stature in the last three games since and having Liam Cooper next to him has been vitally important.
“I wouldn’t be as confident with Struijk next to him tonight.”
Leeds have been unfortunate at the back, losing Diego Llorente to injury in the international break.
He would have been in-line for his debut if Liam Cooper is ruled out.
However, we think Struijk did okay against Liverpool in what was a real baptism of fire for him in his first-ever Premier League match.
We’d obviously prefer Cooper to be fit but we won’t be as worried as Robinson if the 21-year-old gets his second top-flight start tonight.
In other Leeds United news, 23y/o could make debut tonight in clash v Wolves