By Pranav Shahaney

13th Nov, 2022 | 4:10pm

Leeds United need to consider signing a replacement for Liam Cooper in January as they’re continuing to ship in goals for fun.

Cooper may be an important dressing-room presence as the captain of the side, but he’s not really justifying his place in the starting eleven.

His recent performance against Tottenham Hotspur, which Leeds lost 4-3, only solidifies the point that he cannot continue to be the first-choice centre-back.

The footage above reflects that Cooper found himself making the wrong decision at a crucial point in the game.

Leeds took the lead and could’ve built on it but he got done by throwing himself into a challenge and ended up losing his balance.

Even Michael Owen was not a fan of what the 31-year-old did and he did let his teammates and the manager down on the day.

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He said on Premier League Productions’ post-match show (12/11, 17:14), “Awful. Absolutely awful that from Cooper. He cannot be doing that.”

Selling Cooper in January is unrealistic but the Whites can do something to bring in a new centre-back to start ahead of him.

Even if they don’t sign one and bring in a left-back that would be good enough as Pascal Struijk can move back to his favoured role at the heart of defence.

At 31, Cooper is no longer the player that fans enjoyed watching and the board needs to stop being sentimental and make the calls if they want Leeds to go to the next level.

In other Leeds United news, the club have now put up a first-team player on sale as they expect top EFL sides to make a move for him in January.