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Pontus Jansson raves about Liam Cooper's development

Leeds United's Pontus Jansson vents his frustration during the first half during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Hull City at Elland Road on December 29, 2018 in...

Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson has hailed Liam Cooper.

Leeds United's Pontus Jansson rues a missed chance during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on January 11, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he thinks Liam Cooper has been 'amazing' this season.

The Whites snatched a late equaliser on Saturday afternoon to take a draw from Middlesbrough, and they are back in action on Wednesday night against Swansea City.

Marcelo Bielsa will be looking for a win to keep the pressure on league leaders Norwich City, who travel to face Preston North End at the same time.

 

Leeds will be hoping for a strong defensive showing against the Swans, as only three Championship sides have conceded fewer goals than the Whites this season.

A strong part of that – when fully fit – has been Jansson and Cooper, who are now in their third season together at Elland Road, meaning they know each other inside out.

Whilst Jansson has been praised ever since his 2016 move from Torino, many Leeds fans will remember instances of captain Cooper being heavily criticised during his time at Elland Road, though that has changed this season.

Liam Cooper of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United at Hillsborough Stadium on September 28, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

The 2014 signing from Chesterfield has been a fine centre back and skipper this season, and he has now earned praise from centre back partner Jansson.

Jansson admitted that Cooper has 'grown a lot' as a captain, calling his performances amazing as he makes all those who doubted him eat their words.

“Amazing. He has grown a lot as captain as the team and a player,” said Jansson ahead of tomorrow's game against Swansea.

Leeds United's Pontus Jansson vents his frustration during the first half during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Hull City at Elland Road on December 29, 2018 in...

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