Rio Ferdinand has told BT Sport that Liam Cooper was the one Leeds United player to come out of the 2-1 defeat to Fulham with positives. The captain returned to the side, but Leeds failed to pick up any points from Craven Cottage.

Goals from Harry Wilson and Andreas Pereira proved to be too much for Leeds despite Patrick Bamford’s late shot that deflected into the back of the net. A fourth defeat in five Leeds – which has seen Javi Gracia’s start go stale.

Next up is a massive clash against Leicester, who come into the match having beaten Wolves at in Dean Smith’s first home game in charge. An enormous game, and our best chance at three points in the next six League matches.

Indeed, Leeds face Bournemouth away after this – and then Manchester City. We also have to play Newcastle who are in superb form after a 6-1 win over Spurs. A trip to West Ham, and then a final clash against Tottenham Hotspur.

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Asked if Leeds had any positives from their third straight defeat on BT Sport, Ferdinand said: “Until the goals, the defenders did well. Liam Cooper has come back in and he had a couple of good moments in the game, defensively.”

Ferdinand: Cooper one Leeds player to come out of Fulham with positives

Cooper returned to the starting line-up having been forced to watch Pascal Struijk concede 16 goals in the four games since the international break. He started at centre-back, with Max Wober filling in on the left side of defence.

One criticism of Leeds of late has been the lack of leadership, so having Cooper back is a big positive. But, it might be that playing Wober at left-back is hardly getting the best out of the Austrian. All eyes now on Tuesday night.

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