Leeds have made a fantastic start to the season, but when things don’t go well, fans start to point the finger at certain players.
This was certainly the case in The Whites’ last match against Brentford, where fans were particularly critical of Liam Cooper. The defender’s poor athleticism was highlighted against The Bees, as he failed to keep up with pacey forwards, which proved costly as Marcelo Bielsa’s men came away with a draw.
While fans are eager to make Cooper the scapegoat for their small descent down the league table, there are other players that are equally responsible. Goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell gave away the crucial penalty against Brentford, but that was only the tip of the iceberg. Fans have raised the fact that the keeper is keen to come off his line before, which is debatably the cause for the penalty against The Bees.
However, the 21-year-old is prone to errors, which he has committed already this season. He earned himself a bad reputation early on this season after failing to handle Tom Lawrence’s free kick against Derby and has since then struggled to shake off that black mark. He didn’t help himself after an error-strewn performance against Bosnia and Herzegovina in his first start for Northern Ireland.
With Chelsea’s on loan keeper Jamal Blackman being kept out of the team, Peacock-Farrell must consistently be on his game, but Bielsa’s patience with him must be running dry. These errors may not seem much when the team are doing well, but they could cost Leeds come the end of the season.