According to the Yorkshire Post’s chief football writer Phil Hay on Twitter, Leeds United loanee Matthew Pennington looks set to replace the suspended Liam Cooper against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Sunday, and Whites fans certainly seem to hold him in high regard.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) September 28, 2017
The 22-year-old moved to Elland Road on a season-long loan deal from Everton during the summer transfer window, but he was forced off just 64 minutes into his debut on the opening day win against Bolton Wanderers after suffering an ankle injury.
Since then, Pontus Jansson and captain Cooper have formed a strong partnership at the heart of the defence, but the latter’s red card in the 3-1 loss to Cardiff City in the Welsh capital on Tuesday night has opened up an opportunity for the Toffees centre-back, who made his return as a substitute at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Leeds supporters have been having their say on Pennington’s situation via social media, and while some believe he is the “best defender at the club after Jansson”, others are hoping he can “make the position his own now” in Cooper’s absence.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
If pennington stays fit then he has to play alongside Pontus. Best defender at the club after Jansson.
— Tony H (@Rumoydin) September 28, 2017
Cooper has been excellent and thought he had eradicated the big mistakes . Cardiff reminded me of Sutton sending off , got frustrated . Pennington for me
— Steve H (@steve_halstead) September 28, 2017
He might not get back in team if Pontos and Penn don't get injured or suspended. That was a Super Cooper challenge from last season RECKLESS
— chris (@LeedsLoudHaler) September 28, 2017
Pennington way ahead of cooper, I know started season well but still not good enough for me
— Adam Marshall (@Marsh010) September 28, 2017
Blessing in disguise cooper red card and Pennington back who looked impressive before he went off injured start of season.
— andrew rosindale (@andyGamingMad) September 28, 2017
Let's hope Pennington can make this position is own now
— Mikey P ? (@Parksey78) September 28, 2017