Leeds played blind with Liam Cooper

Leeds United suffered a changing of the guard in the 2022/23 campaign after sales of Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips led to a number of signings this summer.

Victor Orta has backed Jesse Marsch in the transfer market by signing Brenden Aaronson, Luis Sinisterra, Tyler Adams, Wilfried Gnonto, Marc Roca, Darko Gyabi, Joel Robles and Rasmus Kristensen.

Jesse Marsch didn’t need to rely on some of the proven players from previous years as Luke Ayling, Adam Forshaw, Patrick Bamford and Liam Cooper weren’t heavily involved.

The Whites’ skipper is yet to make his first Premier League appearance of the season as he continues to deal with an Achilles tendon injury. However, he played 45 minutes in the 3-1 win over Barnsley in the League Cup last month.

Cooper has been with Leeds since joining the club from Chesterfield in the summer of 2014 for a reported fee of around £600,000.

Dave Hockaday was in charge of the Whites at the time and his decision to bring in the centre-back was a blinder as the centre-back left to achieve great success at Yorkshire.

He instantly became a regular in the Championship side and he racked up 109 league appearances for the club in his first four seasons.

Marcelo Bielsa arrived in the summer of 2018 and Cooper was a key player for the Argentina manager as he averaged a WhoScored rating of 7.29 across 39 appearances in 2018/19 – the highest for the entire team .

The enforcer caught the eye again in the 2019/20 title-winning campaign as he averaged a score of 7.11 – ranking fourth in the team as he lifted the trophy as a than captain.

Goalkeeper Tommy Lee previously claimed he had a ‘Ramos style’ to his game in the way he came out from behind with the ball, which is a comparison he also got from The Athletic’s . Jack Collins, who nicknamed him “Ramos-esque” due to his importance in defense for Los Blancos.

His ability to play at fullback saw him settle into the Premier League following the club’s promotion in 2020. He averaged a WhoScored 7.06 in the top flight in 2020/21 – second best team score. – and completed 85.6% of his passes, making him a reliable player in possession of the ball.

To date, he has played 247 competitive games and is valued by Transfermarkt at £6.3million. It means his value has soared 950% from the initial £600,000 paid by Leeds to sign him from Chesterfield, illustrating why the club played a blinder in signing him as they got more than their money’s worth from him on field.

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