Warnock: Cooper has been one of Leeds' stand-out performers so far

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Leeds United defender Stephen Warnock has been impressed by Liam Cooper so far this season.

Leeds United defender Stephen Warnock has hailed the impact that Liam Cooper has made at the club since signing. 

Cooper joined Leeds from Chesterfield this summer and he has already accumulated 14 appearances at his new club. 

It has been an impressive start to the youngster's career with the Yorkshire side and, despite his error against Wigan Athletic in a 2-0 defeat in their most recent game, Warnock paid tribute to the 23-year-old's start to life at Elland Road. 

“I think that Coops has been fantastic since he came in and he has probably been one of the stand-out performers but he didn’t mean to do that [score an own-goal against Wigan]," Warnock told Leeds' official site. "He just tried to stop the cross coming in. But this is something that we will look at as a team and we’ll try to put it right.” 

Cooper was one of David Hockaday's signings who has worked out well, with his experience of the Football League proving vital.

Whilst a number of Italian imports have taken a while to adjust to the English game, Cooper has been able to slot in with consummate ease and he will be looking to nail down his place in the heart of the Leeds defence as the season progresses. 

He competes for a place in the line-up with Giuseppe Bellusci and Jason Pearce, meaning that earning a spot is difficult, but Cooper has still played a surprising amount of games since arriving.

Many expected that he would take his time to adapt to a new level, but he seems capable of making a step up and he is the least of Leeds' concerns at the moment, despite his recent mishap.

If Cooper remains in the first team for their game against Derby County tomorrow, he will be determined to make amends and his side will need him to be on the top of his game if they are to get a result.

The Rams have been one of the second tier's best sides to date and Leeds' defence is likely to be severely tested by Steve McClaren's men on Tuesday evening. 

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