When Liam Cooper leads out the rest of his Leeds teammates against Bristol City on Saturday, it will be his 100th game as skipper for the Whites.
It’s a great landmark for the player and he should be extremely proud of the way he has managed to establish himself as a key player for the club.
That’s because it hasn’t always been plain sailing for the 27-year-old at Elland Road, in fact he has had a lot of tough times.
Obviously, Leeds haven’t always been promotion candidates in the four previous years Cooper has been there and the one time they really were – under Garry Monk, he was primarily on the bench.
Therefore, it highlights his mental strength that he didn’t shy away from the challenge under Marcelo Bielsa and he has in fact made himself a key part of the team.
That also shows just how good a player Cooper is – and he is probably underappreciated by many out there.
He has worked under many managers at Elland Road who will play with different styles and have different requirements of him, yet he has often been a regular.
Leeds United are a club on the rise now and Cooper has fought to be a part of that and he has to be delighted with himself for that.
The next few months will be exciting for the Yorkshire outfit and Cooper will be dreaming of lifting the title to take Leeds back to the Premier League – a sight not many would’ve envisaged a few years ago.
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