Dean Windass has tipped Leeds United to move on from defender Liam Cooper in the near future.
Cooper had started in Leeds’ 6-2 loss to Manchester United this past weekend but during the game, he was taken off by Marcelo Bielsa in the second half. The Scotsman had sustained an injury, even though he did find the back of the net.
Can Leeds afford to sell Cooper?
Windass believes Leeds can move on from Cooper
Windass, recently talking to FootballFanCast regarding Cooper’s current situation, believes that the Scotsman could find struggle with the demands of the Premier League this season. He feels that if the Whites stay up, they could even look for better and younger options.
He said: “I’m not criticising him, Liam Cooper, but he will find it tough. He was never the quickest anyway and when you’re in the Premier League and you’re a centre-half you’ve got to be an athlete, you’ve got to be able to run so yes, you need that pace at the back.
“Liam Cooper will play week in week out until the end of the season if he’s fit because he’s the captain. But I think next year if they stay up, they’ll go on and push on to get younger and better players.”
Losing Cooper could damage Leeds
The 29-year-old Cooper has made 11 Premier League appearances this season for Bielsa’s men. During this time, the Scotsman has picked up a rating of 7.01. As a result, he has been the club’s second-best performing player in the league campaign (as per Whoscored).
That said, they could make a profit from his sale and replace him using the money that they get, so they should only let Cooper go if they can get a proper replacement with age on his side.
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