Liam Cooper names two Leeds players it's a delight to play alongside

Liam Cooper of Leeds United celebrates after the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Middlesbrough at Elland Road on November 19, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United pair Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips were excellent in their Championship draw.

Cardiff player Kenneth Zohore (l) and Sol Bamba (r) combine to thwart Kalvin Phillips of Leeds during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at Cardiff City...

Liam Cooper has told BBC Radio Leeds that it is a delight to watch Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips play in front of him in the Leeds side, and backed the pair to improve in the future.

Vieira and Phillips have both enjoyed turbulent spells with the Whites, with the latter only really becoming a key man this season while Vieira has had to bide his time since Thomas Christiansen arrived in the summer.

Britt Assombalonga of Middlesbrough holds off a challenge from Ronaldo Vieira of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Middlesbrough at Elland Road on...

However, they were both excellent in Friday's draw with Aston Villa, setting the tone and performing well in the middle of the park to help Leeds compete with one of the division's most in-form sides and get on top of them for the first-half.

And after the 1-1 draw, Cooper could not praise the holding midfield pair high enough, insisting that they have a major impact on how well the defence does.

"They're coming out on top against good senior pros who've been in the league for a long, long time," he told BBC Radio Leeds.

Leeds United's Guinea Bissau midfielder Ronaldo Vieira (L) vies with Liverpool's Spanish defender Alberto Moreno during the EFL (English Football League) Cup quarter-final football match...

"And them two are only going to improve. They set us off in the game, with the tempo, with the high press. It's a delight to watch in front of you because, honestly it makes our job so much easier and we have to do a lot less."

With Phillips now 22 and Vieira only 19, Leeds fans surely have every right to be excited about what the pair could become as a partnership, and what that may mean for the overall team.

Both men have proved at times that they can dictate games and inspire their teammates with their performances - Phillips remains the Whites' joint top goalscorer in the league with five goals to his name this term - and with the likes of Eunan O'Kane looking to put pressure on them, they arguably cannot allow any complacency to creep in.

And if they can improve further as Cooper expects, then it would appear that Leeds could have two of the pieces required to put together another potentially legendary midfield group in the future.

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