'Never see sight of a Leeds jersey again' - Fans call for senior player to be omitted v Derby
By Richard Parks
Leeds United fans have taken to Twitter to urge manager Paul Heckingbottom not to recall Liam Cooper to the starting XI for Wednesday night’s clash against Derby County.
Skipper Cooper is available for selection after serving a four-match suspension as the new boss has the option of selecting him, along with Samuel Saiz and Gaetano Berardi, for the first time.
Heckingbottom has revealed that the senior trio are “champing at the bit” to play at Pride Park following their absences from the team.
Cooper has been a mainstay of the team this season, making 26 appearances, which have included 24 league starts.
But a section of Leeds supporters have taken to social media to urge Heckingbottom to persist with on-loan Matthew Pennington as the defensive partner for main man Pontus Jansson.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Harsh, but hope Eunan & Coops never see sight of a Leeds jersey again this season. Two good guys, but complete liabilities on a pitch. #lufc
— Terry O’ Brien (@tobtipp) February 20, 2018
Easy XI for next game imo
Wiedwald(was very sloppy but doesn’t deserve dropping)
Berardi(Anita played well but we miss Berardi)
Pennington (better than Coops)!
Lasogga #lufc #mot
— Adam Hulbert (@AdamHulbert) February 18, 2018
Saiz a defo starter, Anita and Pennington did ok Sunday Anita especially therefore bench for Cooper and Berardi against Derby #lufc
— Andy Firth (@AndrewFirth21) February 20, 2018
Against Derby #LUFC
Berardi Pennington jansson de bock
Hernandez saiz dallas
Lonergan cooper Vieira Alioski sacko roofe ekuban
— Archie Elliott (@lufcarchie7) February 19, 2018
— All Things Leeds United ⚽️ (@FocusOnTheFooty) February 19, 2018
Play this for Derby away. Saiz as a sub. Anita played well today and earned another crack at RB. Cooper and Berardi are on the naughty step for me. Keeper doesn’t concern me Felix and Loners are as bad as each other #LUFC pic.twitter.com/u4bhLd1Lgq
— LJM (@passittosaiz) February 18, 2018
Team next game
Subs Lonergan, Cooper, Phillips, Alioski, Roofe, Dallas, Ekuban#lufc
— Nick Mortimer (@Morts_7) February 18, 2018
Leeds are 11th in the Championship table after the weekend fixtures and must win at Derby to reignite their play-off hopes after slipping eight points behind sixth-placed Bristol City.
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