By Joe Ellis

4th Feb, 2022 | 10:30pm

Liam Cooper drools over his Leeds United teammate who has 'everything'

Leeds United captain Liam Cooper has played alongside a lot of different centre-halves but he has reserved special praise for one of the current crop at Elland Road.

The 30-year-old, who has played over 200 games for the Whites since he joined in 2014, has been highly complimentary of the Dutch defender Pascal Struijk’s rise to the first-team.

The 22-year-old arrived at Elland Road in 2018 as a teenager and made his debut the following year before going on to become one of the club’s best players this campaign.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Cooper raved about Struijk’s all-around ability and tipped him for great things in the future.

“Pascal has absolutely everything to be one of the best centre-backs out there, he really has,” Cooper said.

“He’s unbelievable on the ball, he’s strong, good in the air. I always knew. We all know now.

“His improvement speaks for itself. He’s got his head down, improved physically, his concentration levels are there and he puts everything into training. He’s reaping the rewards now and he deserves that.”

A valuable commodity

It isn’t nice to be looking at players first as potentially valuable assets to the club but at the end of the day, Leeds United is a business and these things need to be considered.

Struijk is at the perfect age right now where his ability is reaching its peak, but he still has a good 10-12 years left in him at the top level and that is something a lot of clubs will find very attractive.

While there haven’t been any bids for the Dutchman as of yet, it can’t be ruled out in the near future as he could be the kind of player you can build an entire defence around, he’s that good.

Leeds fans will rightly not want Struijk to leave anytime soon, the potential monetary value of his sale could be astronomical if he keeps this upward trajectory going and the Whites remain a Premier League club.

The sale of the 22-year-old could fund a large part of the club’s future in signing more young stars like him, but for cheaper to keep the profits rolling in.

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