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Let go on a free by Leeds, ex-international midfielder outperforming Lewis Cook

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Paul Green is enjoying a resurgence at Rotherham United after being released by Leeds United in the summer.

One of the several players released by Leeds United in the summer, Paul Green is enjoying a resurgence at Rotherham United.

The 31-year-old signed at Elland Road on a free from Derby County in 2012, and played 46 games for the club, scoring four goals.

Last season he was sent out on loan to Ipswich during the second half of the season after falling out of favour, and it was little surprise the club did not offer him a new deal.

Green signed with Rotherham United and has become an important part of their side, playing 15 times for the Millers.

A former Ireland international with 15 caps and one goal, the defensive midfielder's start even compares favourably with much acclaimed Leeds youngster Lewis Cook.

  TeamWon Tackles per gameInterceptions per gamePassing AccuracyKey Passes per gameTouches per gameGoalsAerial Duels Won per gameAppearances
Paul Green Rotherham 1.47 2.6 82% 0.53 61.2 1 2.13 15
Lewis Cook Leeds 1.4 1.53 79% 0.87 45.73 0 0.6 15

Green averages more tackles, interceptions and touches per game than Cook, and has even found the scoresheet.

Ask a Leeds fan who they would prefer, and it would be no contest that they would want exciting 17-year-old Cook, who is only just getting started in the Championship. Moving on a player like Green has helped open up the path for him to blossom.

But with all the praise he has received, it's a credit to Rotherham new boy Paul Green that he is performing at a level above, and he deserves credit for getting his career back on track and finding a club where he could play regularly and improve his level of performances.

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