By Adefunmiloye Alani

24th Nov, 2021 | 2:40pm

Liam Cooper: Ian Evatt always asks about Leeds youngsters

Leeds United skipper Liam Cooper has told Yorkshire Evening Post that Bolton Wanderers boss Ian Evatt often asks about the club’s youngsters.

The Scotland international centre-back and the English manager played together at Chesterfield, and they have kept in touch ever since.

With Bolton aiming to secure promotion from League One, Evatt keeps looking out for players who can help his side out, and it appears he is keen on some of Leeds Under-23s starlets.

“Ian Evatt at Chesterfield was probably the first real captain I had,” Cooper told YEP.

“He’d been promoted to the Premier League (with Blackpool). He came back down to League Two under Cooky (Paul Cook) and he was brilliant with the lads, a massive leader, always had time for you.

“If you made a mistake he wouldn’t come after you, he’d just explain to you. A great fella. I really got on with him, I’m still in touch with him to this day – tapping me up for the young lads at Leeds.”


The Whites Under-23s won the Premier League 2 Division 2 convincingly last term, and most managers and scouts in the Championship and League One would have taken note of some of the players.

Leeds sent some of their youngsters out on loan this season, and Bolton could do with some of them in January to boost their chances of returning to the Championship.

With first-team chances tough to come by under Marcelo Bielsa, going out to play senior football elsewhere could be hugely beneficial to the development of some of the club’s teenagers.

Leeds boast of some of the best youngsters in the land after recent recruitment that saw their academy earn Category One status.

15-year-old Archie Gray was part of the contingent that travelled for the Tottenham Hotspur clash on Sunday, and the club must be doing an excellent job for someone like Evatt to be asking about some of their young talents.

In other Leeds United news, a major update on Whites January bid to sign attacker has been provided, with pen-to-paper imminent.