Leeds United defender Liam Cooper has suggested elements of the side’s performance against Blackpool over the weekend were like watching Real Madrid.
Leeds ran out 3-1 winners against bottom of the table Blackpool to secure a much needed and morale boosting three points for Neil Redfearn’s team.
Cooper has described scoring as a proud moment and has suggested that the Whites now carry momentum into the international break.
“It was brilliant, probably one of the proudest moments of my life so far - You could tell by my celebration I don’t score too much. When I do, I go a bit mental,” Cooper told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“The second goal was a great goal. It was a bit like watching Real Madrid. It’s always good to look in front of you and see those passes going together. There’s a lot of quality at the club and I think everyone can see that.”
The importance of the result can only be measured against the quality of the opponents and Leeds simply had too much for Blackpool.
The international break ends with a difficult match away at Blackburn for Leeds, which presents a challenge of a different nature, as Redfearn will now be seeking a win on the road for his team.
It’s encouraging that Cooper has taken his recent chance to come into the side so impressively and Redfearn now has a real headache.
Cooper looked comfortable alongside Jason Pearce against Blackpool, which makes it difficult for Giuseppe Bellusci to come straight back into the team.
Redfearn won’t want to change a team which has just won, which means Bellusci will more than likely have to wait for his chance to come back into the first team setup.
Cooper is the perfect example of what can be achieved by a younger player on the fringes of the first team, if they are prepared to be patient, bide their time and make the most of their opportunities when they present themselves.