Leeds United under Marcelo Bielsa has been a club on the rise. Under the current ownership, the club wants to relive its glory days and maybe compete in the Champions League as well in the coming few years. The fans are right behind captain Liam Cooper’s side and they have never been more optimistic and hopeful.
The club has star players in the making, but alongside these headline grabbers are players whose contributions on the field shouldn’t go unnoticed in this blog, we are looking at all such unsung heroes from the current Leeds United squad.
Starting with the captain himself, Liam Cooper. The Scottish international has been at Leeds since 2014 and is the longest-serving player at the club currently. The 29-year-old defender has been a rock at the club and ever since Bielsa took over, Cooper has taken his game to a whole new level. He is a charismatic leader and his contribution to the team is way more than just his on-field exploits.
One of the fan favourites, Stuart Dallas is another player who is a wonderful member to have in a squad. Dallas has been at the club since 2015 and in those six years, he may have played every position possible on the field. It is remarkable how versatile he is as a player and Bielsa uses that ability to the best extent possible.
Another leader in the dressing room is right-back, Luke Ayling. He joined the club from Bristol City in 2016 and has been instrumental in Leeds getting back to the top-flight. He is one of the captains of the team in Cooper’s absence and one of the most vocal players on the pitch. Ayling came through the ranks at Arsenal but it seemed like Premier League football was a step too far for this English defender. His game has improved massively as he gained experience and now he isn’t just an inspiration with his football skills but a trendsetter as well with his rockstar hairstyle, as most of the Leeds players seem to be catching on to that trend.
Polish central-midfielder Mateusz Klich joined Leeds United from FC Utrecht back in 2018. He has registered 143 appearances for the Whites since joining the club. He has found the back of the net 21 times and had 19 assists to go along with them. His regular goal contribution in the 2019-20 season was important for Leeds to win the Championship and he continues to be amongst the first names on the team sheet for Marcelo Bielsa.