Michael Brown has tipped Marcelo Bielsa to axe one his defenders to bring Liam Cooper back into the Leeds United starting XI against Fulham.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former midfielder, who played for both the Whites and the Cottagers, admits that anyone who started last week’s defeat to Liverpool could consider themselves “unfortunate” to be dropped.

The Scotland international missed the opening day at Anfield through injury but Bielsa confirmed at his pre-match press conference that the 29-year-old is back in contention.

In his captain’s absence, Bielsa handed Robin Koch his debut alongside the inexperienced Pascal Struijk as Leeds slipped to a 4-3 defeat to the reigning Premier League champions.

However, Brown believes that one of the central defenders will be making way for Cooper when Fulham visit Elland Road on Saturday.

Brown told Football Insider: “He’s the captain, you would imagine him starting. It would be unfortunate when you’ve had a good performance, not necessarily a good result at Liverpool.

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“Everyone will want to continue in their place but if Cooper’s fit, you would expect him to play.

“If you looked at the team (v Liverpool), that’s what you’d have expected – it’s the team that brought him through the Championship, and everyone’s fine playing the way Marcelo Bielsa wants. I don’t think it will be much different.”

Cooper featured 38 times last season as Leeds stormed their way to the Championship title and missed just one league game between December 21 and the end of the campaign.

He has a total of 198 games under his belt for the Whites to date since he arrived from Chesterfield back in 2014.

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