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Redfearn hails 'outstanding' Leeds United star Liam Cooper

Neil Redfearn had plenty of positive words to say about defender Liam Cooper.

Leeds boss Neil Redfearn believes defender Liam Cooper was a deserving selection as captain against Sunderland.

With Jason Pearce and Stephen Warnock out of the side, Redfearn chose the summer signing from Chesterfield to take the armband.

Speaking after the game, the head coach described Cooper as 'outstanding', going onto add:

"He's been playing well, and has matured as a player, I think he's a natural leader.

"You can see that on the pitch, he took to the mantel well today. He led from the back, took to it and I though it (the captaincy) helped him."

Cooper was recently praised by former Leeds star as possessing Premier League level quality, but he is quick to acknowledge he has a long way to go yet.

He told BBC Radio Leeds: "I think I was one of the most exp in the back four. Obviously the manager showed good faith in me making me captain.

"I thought I tried to help the lads out even though I am still learning every day. I'm not saying I've cracked it or anything like that but I thought the boys did well."

The defender's emergence has been a real bonus to emerge over the course of the season, with Cooper a raw yet talented defender who has forced his way into the first team picture.

Redfearn's faith in him is so that he feels Cooper is a first choice, with one of Giuseppi Bellusci and Jason Pearce battling for the alternate spot, while loanee Dario del Fabro successfully threw his name into the mix at Sunderland.

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