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Who should captain Leeds while Liam Cooper's out?

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With Liam Cooper joining Leeds’ lengthy injury list, Marcelo Bielsa will be handing the captain’s armband to another member of his squad for their upcoming games.

There are plenty of obvious candidates for the role. So with that in mind, here is a look at some of the options to lead the side out while Cooper is absent…

Pablo Hernandez

The elder statesman within the Leeds side, Hernandez would be a popular choice and must be the favourite to cover for Cooper. He relishes the additional responsibility and is playing some fantastic football at the moment.

Kalvin Phillips

Phillips looks destined to be a future Whites skipper. He has risen to every challenge so far this season, so why not this one?

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Pontus Jansson

Jansson is arguably enjoying his best run in the Leeds side right now. With Jamie Shackleton and perhaps Aapo Halme joining him in the defence against QPR, he will already be taking on a leadership role.


While it seems almost certain that one of the previously-mentioned trio will get the gig, perhaps there are a couple of much less obvious options who would either benefit from having the armband or could be dark horses for the role in the future.

Adam Forshaw

Forshaw is probably the least imaginative name on this list of wildcard options. It would not be a huge surprise if he led the team out on Saturday as he is reestablishing himself as a key player.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell

On the two occasions that Peacock-Farrell has been challenged by the head coach at Leeds, he has stepped up. He does not shy away from challenging teammates. It seems unlikely at this stage of his career, but he would not be fazed by taking on the role.

Lewis Baker

To be honest, it would be a huge surprise if Baker started against QPR. So he seems to have absolutely no chance of taking the captaincy. But the Chelsea loanee desperately needs a spark to ignite after enduring a disappointing loan spell so far.

He has captained Chelsea and England on a regular basis at youth level, and enjoyed plenty of success in those roles.

Admittedly, this is almost certainly not going to happen. But if he does get the nod, perhaps it could prove to be exactly what Baker needs as he holds out for a turning point in his Elland Road spell.

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