Leeds struggled once again this weekend against QPR, following their disappointing 2-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday last week.
The Whites were unable to get anything at Loftus Road against the London outfit, with Nahki Wells’ controversial goal being the only strike of the match. Whilst there is certainly a case to be made that it shouldn’t have stood due to a handball offence, they didn’t do enough afterwards to get back on to level terms – the second-half saw them manage just two shots on target.
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Liam Cooper’s performance came under particular stick. Although Wells’ goal was a clear handball, many thought that the centre-back was partly to blame for it.
Absolutely vile from Bamford, no work ethic, nothing.
And Cooper has to go now. Handball all day long but Cooper should have snuffed that on half way. Absolutely shocking defending #lufc
— AP (@1988AMP) January 18, 2020
Embarrassing again. Cooper needs to learn how to organise a back 4. He is the weakest link.
— Dave Fletcher (@djfletcher1966) January 18, 2020
The 28-year-old certainly needs to shoulder his fair share of the blame, being such an experienced campaigner with 181 games for the club as per Transfermarkt.
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Others were damning of his overall display.
Going nowhere with Cooper. #LUFC
— Craig Trapps (@Trappsradio) January 18, 2020
Unpopular opinion: Klich offers nothing, cooper can’t cope with the pressure, and the team does not have the stomach for a fight. #lufc
— Ben (@ben080385) January 18, 2020
Not a lot of love for the captain today then.
And his possession of the armband was something that was also preyed upon by many supporters.
Anyone seeing Captain Cooper leading this team cos I don’t #lufc
— WHITESOLDIER (@whitesoldier62) January 18, 2020
Also, why can’t we beat the first man on corners, get Hernandez on corners and free kicks. Also I know this won’t be popular with some, but Cooper isn’t a leader and isn’t good enough. Striker, goal scoring midfielder and centre back needed. Oh and maybe a bit of passion #lufc
— Andrew Hobson (@ahobbo1982) January 18, 2020
Cooper not a good enough captain, bottles big matches
Klich invisible in the midfield
Bamford is a tory Noel Hunt
Harrison stealing a wage, should have double the goals/assists with the amount of time he has on the ball
No one to change the game on the bench #lufc
— Luke Fella (@luke_fella) January 18, 2020
That is perhaps the most damning indictment of his display. It may have been a bad day at the office for the skipper, but he will need to dust himself off and get ready for the next match against Millwall.
As do the rest of Marcelo Bielsa’s players.