Why Liam Cooper must remain at Leeds despite Premier League links

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The Leeds United defender is said to be attracting interest from elsewhere.

Liam Cooper of Leeds United in action with Enrique Garcia Martinez and Albert Adomah of Middlesbrough (R)

According to a recent report from Talk Sport, West Bromwich Albion and Burnley are both monitoring Leeds United centre-back Liam Cooper, but the Whites must keep him at all costs ahead of their attempted promotion push next season.

New Leeds manager Garry Monk has already brought in Kyle Bartley on loan to strengthen his back-line. However Cooper proved last season that he is a superb option and one who will surely play a big part if his current club do push for a return to the top flight in the coming months.

Leeds' Liam Cooper (R) and Charlie Taylor celebrate at the final whistle

At West Brom or Burnley Cooper would struggle for game-time, at least in the short term, while at Leeds he will quickly add to the 72 appearances he has made for the club thus far, 41 of which came last season.

With Giuseppe Bellusci moving on, Monk has Cooper, Bartley and Sol Bamba to call on, and he will know the importance of strength in depth in what is one of the toughest divisions to get out of in Europe.

General view inside the stadium before the game

At 24, Cooper may be tempted to try his hand in the Premier League now if West Brom or Burnley come calling, but if he is patient he could become a vital player in that division for the Whites sooner rather than later.

Leeds have to keep him, and for his own long-term prospects he has to stay, because under Monk this squad could be about to reach new heights, provided they stick together.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

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