Liam Cooper: Leeds must not be a one-man team

Leeds United

The Leeds United central defender has become a key player since Neil Redfearn took charge of the side.

Making a total of 12 appearances this term, the Scottish youth international has really come to the fore since Redfearn’s appointment, starting seven consecutive games since the 2-2 draw with Charlton Athletic.

Cooper’s run in the team has coincided with the Whites best run of form, with two wins and two draws picking up eight points out of a possible 24 - a low tally, but far improved upon the reigns of Dave Hockaday and Darko Milanic.

Having become a key part of the side, Cooper’s inclusion suggests that Redfearn has started to discover his best starting XI, and there appears to be stability returning to Elland Road - something missing for a number of months.

However, the Yorkshire-based club are still languishing close to the lower end of the table, and the five point gap off the relegation places makes League One a more likely proposition than promotion to the Premier League come the end of the campaign.

To overcome their torrid start to the season, Cooper has outlined what the Leeds team must do, as well as himself, to get the Elland Road club back on track.

Quoted by the official Leeds website, Cooper said: “I’ve always been told to leave nothing on the pitch and I’ll just keep working hard and keep trying to put performances in.

“I’ll keep working with the lads as well because we need each other.”

According to the 23-year-old, the main area that Leeds need to work on is acting as more of a team, with the Whites relying on individual performances on too many occasions.

“We can’t go out there as a one-man team and none of us will do that,” he continued.

“We all look to each other. In games when it gets hard we need to look over our shoulder and see the lads there. Hopefully we will do that.”

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