Leeds have lost four of the last five games Liam Cooper has started: Coincidence?

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Was too much given to Liam Cooper too soon at Leeds United?

Having forced Jason Pearce out of the side, Liam Cooper became a natural successor as captain for Leeds United earlier this year, but the 23-year-old has had a tricky 2015.

The summer signing from Chesterfield has found himself in and out of the side, the odd man out when both Sol Bamba and Giuseppe Bellusci are available.

A combination of injuries and suspensions for either have given Cooper chances over the past few months, but he has not seized them, and worryingly for him, Leeds look a worse side when he is in the team.

Since February 1st, Cooper has started five matches for Leeds, and the club have lost four of them.

These losses have been at home to Brentford (0-1), away to Brighton (2-0), at home to Watford (2-3), and at the weekend away at Wolves (4-3). The win came in the 2-1 home win over Ipswich Town.

  MatchWonDrawnLostGoalsGoals ConcededPoints per gameAppearances
Leeds Without Cooper 7 4 1 14 7 2.08 12
Leeds With Cooper 1 0 4 7 11 0.6 5

During this period Leeds have conceded four more goals in the five games Cooper has played, than in the 12 games he has not.

It's a worrying statistic, and suggests clearly that the club's best partnership is between Bamba and Bellusci, losing only one in 12 games they have played together since February began.

Cooper remains the club captain, but only when he plays, but this honour may have come too soon for him. If as is hoped, Neil Redfearn is still in charge next season, the head coach may need a re-think as to whether it should be re-assigned.

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