Noel Whelan has said that he is worried about the “major asset” Leeds United will lose following the news that Liam Cooper will be out for the foreseeable future through injury.
Cooper limped off with a groin strain during Leeds’ 1-0 win over West Brom last Tuesday with boss Marcelo Bielsa confirming that the club captain could be out for up to six weeks.
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan admitted that Leeds could find it tough without the centre-back in the next few weeks and named key areas where the club could be lacking due to his absence.
“Cooper is a massive loss, losing him is a huge blow to Leeds,” the pundit said. “He is not only the club captain and outstanding defender but he gives Leeds balance because he is the only left footed centre-back at the club.
“He is irreplaceable. You are losing his height, aerial prowess and leadership, as well as the continuity of his partnership with Ben White.
“He can also turn defence into attack with one crossfield pass. We have seen time and again the quality of his long-range passing, and that’s a major asset to lose.”
Meanwhile, Leeds could be at risk of losing loanee Jack Clarke back to Tottenham, with the North Londoners reportedly interested in recalling their summer signing back down south due to a lack of game time.
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