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Liam Cooper talks up competition for places - but could he suffer most?

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The Leeds defender was speaking in the aftermath of the Yorkshire side's friendly with York City.

Liam Cooper says Leeds United's strong competition for places under Uwe Rosler can only be a good thing, according to BBC Radio Leeds.

Indeed, speaking after his side's friendly with York City, the 23-year-old talked up the healthy competition in every position across the Leeds squad. But there may be a hint of irony in Cooper's suggestions, as he could be the man to suffer most...

Indeed, throughout every department, Leeds have players challenging each other. Up front, there is now a wealth of names. In goal, Ross Turnbull joins Charlie Horton and Marco Silvestri. Midfield, too, is full of names (but is the position that, at this point, needs the most strengthening).

In defence, though, it's a little different - particularly at centre-back. As has been well documented, Sol Bamba and Giuseppe Bellusci both posted far superior stats to Cooper in central defence during the previous Championship campaign.

If boss Rosler is a man keen on rotation - which he likely will be during a grueling campaign - all three defenders will get their chances. But, even then, Bamba and Bellusci will surely be ousting the former Leeds captain (who could yet retain the captaincy) more often than not. If the German is a stickler for a consistent pairing, meanwhile, Cooper will likely have more to lose than anyone else in the Leeds squad when it comes to a competition for places.

In a sense, then, he's right about a healthy battle for starting spots - but it might be up to him to show how best to deal with losing out as a result...

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