It’s a frustrating time to be a football player and supporter, with recent off-the-field events calling an abrupt halt to the sporting calendar across the UK.
It means that Leeds United’s promotion bid in the Championship has been put on hold for the time being, with the EFL recently announcing that fixtures will return when it is deemed safe enough to do so.
The Yorkshire-based side are currently sat top of the second tier standings, and are seven points clear of third-placed Fulham with nine games remaining in this year’s campaign.
One player that has certainly played his part in their impressive season to date is club captain Liam Cooper, who has made 30 appearances in all competitions for Marcelo Bielsa’s side this term.
Speaking in a Q&A as part of Deliveroo’s new series (quotes sourced from Leeds’ official website), Cooper revealed what it is like to be captain of such a prestigious club, and labelled it as ‘a real honour’, which is certain to go down well with the Elland Road faithful.
“I say it quite a lot, but it’s a real honour, and it’s a role I take a lot of pride in. I like to think that I set a good example around the place, and try to push people forward every single day.
“There’s times in the season where the more senior lads, not just myself, need to step up and be the shoulder for everyone to lean on, and drive the team forward. It’s an unbelievable job, I’m enjoying being captain, and long may it continue.”
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He’s been excellent this season for the Whites.
I’ll admit that I had my doubts as to whether Cooper was going to be up to the standard that Marcelo Bielsa demands both in training and matches, but the experienced defender has certainly proven me wrong.
He’s formed an impressive partnership alongside Brighton loanee Ben White in the heart of the Leeds defence, and the pair will be crucial to Leeds’ promotion chances this season.
Cooper’s experience is a valuable asset to the Leeds team, and he’ll be keeping the squad calm on the pitch ahead of the promotion run-in.