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Steve Evans expresses doubts over Leeds defender Liam Cooper's ability to cope against Watford

Leeds United were beaten 1-0 by Watford this weekend.

Leeds United boss Steve Evans has told Radio Yorkshire that even if Liam Cooper was fully fit, he would have had doubts over whether he was ready to cope with playing against Watford.

Leeds were beaten 1-0 by the Hornets on Saturday in the fifth round of the FA Cup, with Cooper missing out due to injury.

The former Chesterfield centre-back apparently wanted to play at Vicarage Road, but Evans did not want to risk him when he was not fully fit, given the quality of Quique Sanchez Flores’ side’s attacking options.

And Evans has suggested that even if Cooper was at full health, he may not have been able to cope with one Watford player in particular.

“He should be back for Tuesday,” Evans said. “He was about 80 per cent, and wanted to play, but at 80 per cent you’re never good enough to mark Troy Deeney. I don’t know if he would be good enough at 100 per cent.”

Evans comments come in the same interview where he suggested that Jordan Botaka was lucky to even be on the pitch (HITC).

The Scottish boss has never pulled any punches in interviews, but Leeds fans have begun to question his man-management ability after his recent comments to the media.

Leeds’ defeat against Watford means that they have failed to win any of their last three matches in all competitions.

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