Liam Cooper and Stuart Dallas were handed new contracts at Leeds United with the Championship favourites eyeing a top flight return.

Leeds United’s Managing Director Angus Kinnear is confident that Liam Cooper and Stuart Dallas have the potential to play Premier League football after tying the long-serving duo down to new contracts, while speaking to LUTV.

Cooper and Dallas have been two of the first names on Marcelo Bielsa’s team sheet this term and were rewarded for their fine form on Wednesday.

Captain Cooper has signed a five-year deal while Dallas, the winger-turned-full-back who was due to become a free agent at the end of the season, has committed his future at Leeds for another four years.

And, forget the much-admired Kalvin Phillips, Kinnear believes that the West Yorkshire giants have now secured the futures of another two players with the capacity to step up to the top level.

“We are building for the long term and we’re building for a Premier League future. And we think Stuart and Liam can be Premier League players,” said the charismatic Kinnear.

“They are not only important on the pitch but off it as well and they are too really strong characters, two leaders and we wanted to tie them down for the long term. They were equally happy and committed to make that arrangement.”

Dallas has impressed in a previously unfamiliar role in the injury-enforced absence of Luke Ayling. And the former Brentford flyer further reinforced that ‘Cookstown Cafu’ nickname with a superb performance in Northern Ireland’s unfortunate Euro 2020 qualifier defeat to Germany this week.

The influential Cooper, meanwhile, remains Leeds’ on-field general even if a tendency to make crucial mistakes in big games will surely have the cynics doubting whether he could hold the fort against Manchester City, Liverpool and co.

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