By Matt Farr

Leeds defender Liam Cooper believes manager Thomas Christiansen is more than capable of leading the club to promotion next season.

The Championship club unveiled the 44-year-old as their new head coach last month, where it was revealed that the former APOEL chief had signed a long-term deal at Elland Road.

His appointment brought to an end a prolonged search for a successor to the departed Garry Monk, but it certainly raised a few eyebrows after a host of high-profile names had been linked with the vacancy.

However, Cooper insists that Christiansen will have a injection a fresh approach and set of ideas into the club to aid their promotion charge in 2017-18, following a disappointing end to the previous campaign.

Leeds finished seventh in the Championship last season, despite boasting a comfortable lead over Fulham in the play-off race heading into the final few weeks of the campaign, with a poor run of form resulting in a drastic slip.

He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “Obviously the lads and myself were very down for a couple of weeks. I think if you asked my missus she would tell you the same.

“But it is what it is, we have proved we belong up there fighting for promotion and let’s hopefully go on another big journey this year and get ourselves where we are meant to be.

“The new manager is going to come in with his own ideas and hopefully that can get us over the line come the end of the season. We are more than capable of competing at the top of the league.”

Cooper’s comments about the manager will also act as a rallying cry to his team-mates ahead of the new season, having revealed how deflated his team-mates were after their end of season capitulation.

The 25-year-old made 18 appearances in all competitions for Leeds last term, but he will be competing alongside his team-mates to earn a more substantial role in the side under Christiansen.

In other Leeds news, a Premier League giant has reportedly discussed a move for this Whites star.

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