Paul Dickov savages Liam Cooper in Leeds clash v Manchester City
Paul Dickov has savaged Leeds United captain Liam Cooper after he was sent off in the Premier League clash against Manchester City.
Stuart Dallas made sure of the three points, though, with a brilliant finish in the final moments to seal the 2-1 victory.
The Whites were one goal to the good before the defender was given his marching orders for a supposed high-tackle on Gabriel Jesus.
Speaking on live coverage of the game on the BBC, Dickov destroyed Cooper for simply letting down his teammates at the Etihad.
“It’s such a stupid challenge from the captain,” he said.
“Liam Cooper is an experienced international, an experienced captain for Leeds, you are 1-0 up and in control of the game – because Man City haven’t really created anything with the possession they have had – and then you have gone and done that.
“That is naughty. It is a leg-breaking tackle. And Gabriel Jesus is lucky he is back on his feet. What was Liam Cooper thinking?”
Was it really a potential leg-breaking tackle? Jesus was straight back up to his feet after a little rub and completed the 90 minutes.
If it was that bad, the Brazilian wouldn’t have been on the field to watch Dallas show him how it is done in the final third and then sprint into the corner celebrating.
Cooper isn’t one to back out of challenges, and Marcelo Bielsa will demand his players to be full-blooded in every single thing they do, from runs to tackles.
It will be gutting for the skipper to miss the game with Liverpool on Monday evening, but we finally have the likes of Robin Koch, Diego Llorente and Pascal Struijk available.
This is the perfect opportunity for one of those to partner Llorente; bring it on.
In other Leeds United news, one Whites defender is likely to leave Elland Road in the summer – Phil Hay