Laurens De Bock should take inspiration from Leeds skipper Liam Cooper

Jed Wallace of Millwall and Laurens De Bock of Leeds United in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Millwall at Elland Road on January 20, 2018 in Leeds,...

Laurens De Bock was dropped from the Leeds United squad for their most recent Championship clash.

Laurens De Bock of Leeds United runs with the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

After Leeds' draw with Derby County last week, there seemed to be two players who came in for particular criticism amongst the supporters as the Whites were pegged back twice at Pride Park.

Liam Cooper and Laurens De Bock both endured difficult evenings against the Rams, with the January signing in particular struggling on an evening where Paul Heckingbottom came desperately close to sealing his first win as Leeds boss.

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.

And while Cooper was given the chance to make amends as he started the Whites' clash with Brentford a few days later, De Bock found himself out of the matchday squad altogether. 

Given Leeds' lack of depth at left-back - amongst the senior squad anyway - it seems unlikely that it will be too long before the Belgian is given a chance to prove that he is a much better player than the one that the fans have seen over the last few weeks.

Paul Heckingbottom Leeds manager gestures during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

And when De Bock gets that chance, he needs to use Cooper as inspiration, as the centre-back showed against the Bees that he is definitely capable of standing up and being counted when the pressure is on him.

Given that Cooper not only went into the game with Dean Smith's side off the back of a poor performance, but also a four-match ban for a red card in the defeat to Millwall, he desperately needed to pull a brilliant display out of the bag. And it could certainly be argued that he managed that.

Not only did the defender score the winning goal, but he also looked solid defensively and reminded the fans why they have spent much of the campaign feeling that he has stepped his game up considerably from last year.

A handful of fans appear to be writing De Bock off in a similar way right now, so the left-back now needs to take inspiration from his captain and show, when he next gets the chance, that the club's faith in the January window was not misplaced. 

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