'He listens,' Sol Bamba heaps praise on Leeds captain Liam Cooper

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The Ivorian is delighted with the partnership he is developing with the Leeds skipper.

Leeds United centre-back Sol Bamba was very complimentary about team-mate and captain Liam Cooper after his side's 0-0 draw with Rotherham United on Saturday afternoon, according to BBC Radio Leeds.

The Ivorian is currently on loan at Leeds and previously struck up a solid partnership with Italian Giuseppe Bellusci.

But Bamba has been paired with Cooper of late and is happy about the rapport he is developing with the 23-year-old captain.

Indeed, the 30-year-old says Cooper makes life easy for him at Elland Road, while he is also delighted with the fact the young defender listens and is willing to learn.

As a more experienced centre-back, Bamba is grateful for those times the Leeds skipper is able to step in and cover for him.

The Ivorian told BBC Radio Leeds: "He's a good player. He's young as well and the captain of the club. He listens. That's very important because he listens when you speak to him, he wants to learn.

"And I think we have a good partnership because we just want to win. We command from the back and we speak to the midfield.

"He makes it easy for me, as well, because I'm not 20 anymore! Sometimes I need him to cover me and make challenges."

The 0-0 Yorkshire derby draw with Rotherham didn't help with Leeds' goals scored tally - a weakness of theirs for the season - but did at least mean another clean sheet for the Elland Road outfit.

If Neil Redfearn's men can improve in the final third next season, their ability to defend as a unit will no doubt serve them well throughout the Championship campaign... providing they can display it consistently.

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