Pundit Exclusive: Cooper may be omitted for Leeds v Leicester after Bielsa update
Danny Mills has suggested Leeds United may omit Liam Cooper from the starting XI against Leicester City – due to his lack of pace.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former United defender is not convinced the skipper will walk straight back into Marcelo Bielsa’s team.
Cooper has missed the last two Leeds matches with a groin injury sustained on international duty and that he then aggravated during the warm-up for the 1-0 defeat at Wolves.
Leeds then memorably trounced Aston Villa 3-0 without the centre-back as Bielsa’s re-jig of the back line paid huge dividends.
But Mills believes Bielsa will be tempted to stick with Ezgjan Alioski at left-back and Luke Ayling in the centre of defence to help combat Vardy’s blistering speed.
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“Cooper’s experience is huge but it is an interesting one,” Mills told Football Insider. “Leicester City will set up to play on the counter attack and Bielsa will possibly be thinking about pace.
“He might have to consider that so there is a chance that Alioski stays in the team and Cooper misses out.
“You have to think about Jamie Vardy and the pace that he possesses. Leeds are likely to dominate possession so Bielsa will be thinking how to nullify that threat.”
Leeds will climb to third in the Premier League table if they defeat eighth-placed Leicester.
Bielsa’s side have won three and drawn one of their six matches in the division this season and won new admirers with their bold attacking play.