Former Premier League defender Alan Hutton believes Liam Cooper is a ‘lucky’ man, following his sending off against Manchester City.
Leeds United picked up a sensational 2-1 victory at the Etihad last weekend, in what was surely their best result of the season so far.
What made it even more impressive was the fact that the Whites had to play more than half of the game with ten men, following Cooper’s red card before half-time.
The centre-back was adjudged to have produced a dangerous tackle on Gabriel Jesus, receiving his marching orders after initially being given a yellow card.
Cooper is ‘lucky’ Leeds won, claims Hutton
Speaking to Football Insider, Hutton claimed Cooper should be breathing a huge sigh of relief that Leeds won, or he would be under more scrutiny:
“When they went to 10 men for such a long period of time, you’re thinking that it’s going to be one of those long days.
“It was an outstanding performance. Bielsa must be over the moon with his team, especially after seeing them go down to 10 men.
“For Cooper, he is the captain. I do think he’ll come straight back in. However, he was a very lucky man. I’ll tell you that, he will be feeling very happy the way it ended up.”
Transfer Tavern take
Hutton is right about the win ultimately masking Cooper’s sending off, but he was still a little unfortunate, considering he won the ball first and his momentum carried him into the dangerous piece of play.
The subjective nature of such incidents means every football supporter will see it differently, but it certainly wasn’t a malicious challenge.
It is only right that Cooper comes back into the Leeds team when his suspension is over, such has been his influence this season, starting 23 of his side’s league matches, and averaging 2.7 tackles and 2.2 interceptions per game.
In other news, Leeds’ hopes of making a big-name signing this summer have received a potential boost. Read more here.
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