Neil Redfearn assesses Leeds' performance against Forest; picks out two outstanding displays

Leeds United players celebrate after scoring the second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in...

Leeds United continued their impressive start to the new Championship season with a victory over Nottingham Forest.

Liam Cooper of Leeds United FC passses the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on August 22, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Neil Redfearn has told Radio Yorkshire that he thought that Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper were outstanding in Leeds' win over Nottingham Forest at the weekend, and suggested that there are a number of exciting partnerships forming across the pitch.

Thomas Christiansen's men continued their unbeaten start to the new season with an impressive 2-0 win over Mark Warburton's side at the City Ground.

Pontus Jansson of Leeds United celebrates after the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

It was arguably Leeds' best display of the campaign so far, and has left supporters feeling incredibly optimistic, and Redfearn was similarly hopeful about what appears to be happening to the side this season - picking out a number of players for praise with the highest praise seemingly being reserved for the two defenders.

"If you look at the team, there's little partnerships forming all over the pitch. I've just mentioned O'Kane and Phillips who were great today," he told Radio Yorkshire.

Leeds United players celebrate after scoring the second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in...

"I thought Jansson and Cooper were outstanding at the back. The positional play, their organising, they got in good covering positions for one another 

"And the three just in front of Phillips and O'Kane of Saiz, Hernandez and Alioski, they looked really potent and a lot of things are coming together at the right time."

Given the number of changes at every level at Leeds over the summer, it was always going to be difficult to predict how things were going to play out for the Whites - even at centre-back, despite Jansson and Cooper being at Elland Road last term.

The pair barely played together last season, but Cooper appears to have taken his game to another level this season while Jansson has shown little to suggest that his form may dip this term.

And that strength at the back - which is aided by the partnership Phillips and O'Kane have formed just in front - has allowed the likes of Saiz, Hernandez and Alioski to concentrate most of their attention on getting forward and providing that lethal touch that has allowed Leeds to make a very bright start indeed.

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