'Gash', 'Weak link' - Leeds fans demand senior player is axed v Brentford
By Richard Parks
Leeds United fans have taken to Twitter to call for Liam Cooper to be axed from the starting XI for Saturday’s Championship match against Brentford on Saturday.
The United skipper was recalled to the starting XI in midweek for the 2-2 draw at Derby County after serving a four-match suspension.
Cooper was reinstated immediately into the centre of defence alongside Pontus Jansson as on-loan Everton player Matthew Pennington dropped down to the bench.
Leeds fans have taken to social media to criticise Cooper’s comeback performance at Pride Park, with many claiming he was at fault in the build-up to both of Derby’s goals on Wednesday night.
Supporters have called for Pennington to be recalled to the starting XI ahead of Cooper, who is variously described as “gash” and a “weak link”.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Team for Brentford:
Berardi Jansson Pennington Anita
Dallas Saiz Alioski
— Ben (@_benlufc) February 21, 2018
Brentford play 4-3-3 so I’d go Wiedwald (nobody else) Berardi, Jansson, Pennington, De Bock, Anita, Forshaw, Sacko (need pace down wing and Pablo isn’t the best winger) Saiz, Dallas, Lasogga. 25 mins from Pablo with plenty of space in midfield should be enough.
— Andrew Waugh (@csameoldsameold) February 22, 2018
Ask him if he can play centre back with Pontus cos Cooper is gash #lufc
— Micky Padge (@mickipadgett) February 23, 2018
Cooper was poor before being given the armband. We need to replace the likes of Cooper if we have any real ambition of promotion. #lufc
— MaltaWhite (@carl_bulger) February 22, 2018
Ultimately Cooper cost us yes, and I am not one for slaughtering players, but if you are capable of being that bad in all aspects of full back play then you should be nowhere near this level, he will be marked out as a weak link now, watch how Brentford exploit it Saturday
— Eamonn (@etmcg78) February 22, 2018
If Coooer plays 3-2 Brentford if Cooper doesn’t 3-1 W
— Aaron (@AaronLUFC__) February 21, 2018
There is hope Hecky will be ruthless and remove the constant mistake makers
Brentford team has to be
Berra Penne Pontus Anita
Dallas Forshaw Philips Alioski
Viera form very poor.
BPF in net? Can’t be any worse
— Harry Perkins MP (@donkey_kane) February 21, 2018
Two poor headers from Coops led to their two goals. Coops no communication with De Bock 1st & Felix 2nd. Does he talk to anyone?. He’s SUPPOSED to be captain ffs. He’s NO LEADER. Give armband to Forshaw, Pennington back with Pontus & get BPF in goal. Let’s make a start to improve
— viv charleston (@yoda_180) February 21, 2018
United are 11th in the league ahead of Saturday’s 3pm kick-off, eight points adrift of the final play-off position.
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