This weekend marked the start of the EFL season and plenty of fans have been absolutely buzzing with the return of club football. Leeds United kicked off Marcelo Bielsa’s reign with a thumping 3-1 win over Stoke at Elland Road and of all the top performances from The Whites, Liam Cooper has been singled out for praise from the fans after his superb showing.
Excellent performances all round today but Cooper would be the pick of them I think. Phillips seemed to thrive in the role he's been given too (allowing for the tangle which led to the penalty). As for Roofe, a credit to him that Bamford didn't even make it off the bench.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 5, 2018
The Leeds fans seem to have got their energy back after seeing yesterday’s resounding win and will be looking forward to the next 45 Championship games as the end goal of promotion finally looks attainable for the fans after some of them have forgotten what Premier League football feels like. The Yorkshire club was relegated in 2004 and the end of this season will mark 15 years outside of the top flight, the longest spell in their history.
For now, some of the fans are trying to remain focused on the short term and will be putting thoughts of promotion on hold for now as they continue to bed in Bielsa and adapt to the Argentinian’s style of play. Liam Cooper looks to have taken to Bielsa-ball like a duck to water and considering Pontus Jansson is also yet to come into the team, it seems that Cooper’s performances will only get better as the long Championship season looks to get going.
You can read the Whites’ thoughts on Cooper’s display here:
@BStacksLUFC game one and Coops was class. as we said he would be.
— Diddlysquat (@markrikko) 5 August 2018
Cooper 20+ goals this season
— Bielsa’s Big Blue Bucket (@vidukabazooka) August 5, 2018
Couldn’t agree more! Cooper was phenomenal
— Ciaran Harvey (@CiaranJackH) August 5, 2018
— David J. Díaz (@DJDiaz88) 5 August 2018
That should keep the Cooper and Phillips haters at bay for a bit
— KMegson (@kdmegson) 5 August 2018
Cooper was excellent today. Hope he carries on in this way!
— David Stuart (@whiterosedave) August 5, 2018
I’m with you on that Phil @LiamCooper__ was absolutely solid. Class
— Nick Ringrose (@NickRingrose) August 5, 2018
Most Leeds fans have been raving over Cooper’s display yesterday and will be desperate to see more of the 27-year-old.