Report: Heckingbottom makes decision on major Leeds role after first few days
Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom has decided to keep centre back Liam Cooper as the club’s captain after his first few days in charge of the club, according to a report.
News website Leeds Live claim that the former Barnsley boss has been impressed with what he has seen from the defensive enforcer in training and is not willing up upset the apple cart by changing the holder of the armband.
With Cooper continuing in the crucial role as captain, Luke Ayling is reportedly set remain his understudy, although his defensive counterpart will not feature again this season due to injury, and so it is said to be Pablo Hernandez who will take the responsibility in either of their absences.
Cooper, who is currently serving a four game ban after picking up his second red card of the season in the dramatic defeat to Millwall, has made 26 appearances for the Whites this season, and has a total of 116 outings to his name across all competitions, with two goals under his belt.
Heckingbottom’s first game in charge since replacing Thomas Christiansen as manager will see him take on Sheffield United away, with the Blades currently sitting two points and two points above 10th placed Leeds in eighth.
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