Noel Whelan praises Leeds United defender Liam Cooper

Leeds United corner flag before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Liam Cooper played well for Leeds United against Derby County in the Championship last week.

Hal Robson-Kanu of West Bromwich Albion and Liam Cooper of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United at The Hawthorns on November 10,...

Noel Whelan has praised Leeds United defender Liam Cooper on BBC Radio Leeds for his performance against Derby County last week.

Cooper featured for Leeds in their Championship game against Derby at Elland Road last Friday evening.

The 27-year-old central defender started the match and played for the entire 90 minutes, as Marcelo Bielsa’s side won 2-0.

According to WhoScored, Cooper took one shot, had a pass accuracy of 81.5%, won three headers, and made six tackles, five interceptions and five clearances against Derby.

The former Hull City defender was making his return to the Whites’ team after a spell on the sidelines due to injury, and former Leeds striker Whelan was impressed with his performance.

Whelan said about Cooper on BBC Radio Leeds after the match against Derby: “Yeah, absolutely excellent. Off the ball, on the ball, aggression, controlling the centre-forward, dominating them, anticipation, stepping in onto things, his range of passing tonight was just immense, it really was, considering he has been out for such a long time.”

Leeds United's Liam Cooper is hauled back by Blackburn Rovers' Corry Evans during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Leeds United at Ewood Park on October 20, 2018...

Promotion push

The win against Derby last Friday evening saw Leeds put an end to their three-game losing run in all competitions.

The West Yorkshire outfit's push for automatic promotion to the Premier League is back on track.

Leeds have a strong team, and the Elland Road faithful should be confident of the side maintaining their good form for the rest of the season.

Leeds United's Liam Cooper vies for possession with Birmingham City's Che Adams during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Birmingham City at Elland Road on September...

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