'Charismatic' Cooper hands Leeds 'big boost' ahead of Tottenham clash - pundit
Liam Cooper’s return to action will give Leeds United a “big boost” psychologically ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Tottenham.
That is according to ex-Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider ahead of the clash at Elland Road.
The skipper is free to play after serving a three-match ban following his straight red card in the famous 2-1 win against Man City on 10 April.
The 29-year-old was absent for Leeds’ draws with Liverpool and Man United and Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Brighton, with Pascal Struijk playing in his place.
The loss at the Amex put an end to Marcelo Bielsa’s side’s impressive six-match unbeaten run.
Campbell insisted that Cooper‘s “charismatic” presence will be a psychological boost as they prepare to face the Gunners.
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He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “It is a big boost to have him back after what was a surprisingly poor performance against Brighton.
“They missed their captain that day, I think. He is a charismatic leader. You can see that they miss his influence on the team when he’s not there.
“I am sure Marcelo Bielsa is very glad that he is back this weekend. They’re going to need him against Spurs.”
Cooper, a four-cap Scotland international, has featured 23 times for Leeds in the Premier League this season.
His side could move into the top half with a victory over Spurs, who beat Leeds 3-0 in the reverse fixture back in January.