Leeds United defender Liam Cooper has hailed the fact that he was given possession of the captain’s armband for the game against Sunderland in the FA Cup as a dream, as reported by LeedsUnited.com.
Cooper moved to Leeds from League One side Chesterfield in the summer for a fee reported to be between £500,000 and £750,000.
He was left out of the side for an extended period prior to Neil Redfearn’s appointment as head coach, but has been a fixture in the centre of defence since the former Academy head was put in charge of the first team.
Stephen Warnock was given the captaincy shortly after Redfearn was appointed.
However, he took a knock in the clash against Derby County, and missed out on Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Sunderland in the FA Cup.
As a result, Cooper was handed the armband for the game, and the boyhood Leeds fan could not have been happier.
“It’s a dream come true to captain a club like Leeds United, it’s brilliant”, said Cooper.
“It’s good to be thought of in high regard like that.
“I had a great day and I enjoyed being captain.
“I found out when the team sheet went up in the morning. I saw the ‘c’ next to my name.
“But I’ll always go out there and give 100 per cent and hopefully that can rub off on a few players if I’m leading as well.
“I’ve got plenty more learning to do in the game but I’m getting that with each and every game I’m playing. It’s a great experience and long may it continue.”
Leeds United have agreed a deal with Chesterfield for the transfer of defender Liam Cooper, who won promotion with the now-League One side last season, as reported by Chesterfield’s official Twitter account.
Cooper is now set to discuss personal terms with the Elland Road side.
Chesterfield have previously rejected two unique bids from Leeds for Cooper’s transfer, with Leeds having taken interest in the player following the friendly between the two sides earlier this summer.
An acceptable transfer fee has clearly now been agreed between the two parties, with Leeds set to sign the defender, as reported earlier, pending a medical with the West Yorkshire side.
Cooper has made 60 appearances since signing for Chesterfield in 2013, and played against Leeds in the Capital One Cup at the start of last season.
Leeds face a tie with Accrington Stanley in the competition tonight, having lost 2-0 against Millwall. Leeds struggled against the London side this weekend, very regularly being torn apart by the predicted Championship strugglers.
Cooper was identified as a target by sporting director Nicola Salerno, who Italian media sources suggest might be on his way out of Leeds.
Leeds have apparently agreed a fee with Chesterfield for the transfer of defender Liam Cooper, and the deal will be completed, pending a medical, as reported by Graeme Bailey of Sky Sports.
This comes as something of a u-turn after the Whites pulled out of a move for the Chesterfield defender, having failed to reach an agreement over a realistic transfer fee with the League One side.
Cooper may have pushed through a deal, however, with the former Huddersfield Town loanee having supported Leeds since childhood. Cooper reportedly made it clear that he wanted to move to the Championship side at the time of Leeds’s second transfer bid, but Chesterfield turned it down.
The young defender has been pinpointed as the ideal replacement for Tom Lees, who has moved to Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday.
Leeds require significant defensive recruits, and also look set to add Guiseppe Bellusci on loan from Catania. A move for Frederik Sorensen collapsed last week.