Liam Cooper highlights what needs to change at Leeds United to restore winning form

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Leeds United defender Liam Cooper has urged the side to be more clinical as they search for the first win in the league this weekend.

The Whites fell to a defeat against West Ham last time out thanks to two second-half goals from the visitors, following Raphinha’s sublime opener.

However, it wasn’t the only chance Leeds had throughout the game to put the Irons to bed as the game stayed on a knife edge.

The Whites have had issues in the past with their conversion rate, but that was something that absolutely wasn’t an issue last season.

Like last term, defeats this season has shown the club’s lack of cutting edge from certain games, where huge chances have cost points already.

As Watford prepare for the trip to Elland Road this weekend, it’s a game that everyone of a Leeds persuasion knows is one the side should be winning to get three points on the board.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, captain Liam Cooper had this to say on what needs to change for the weekend:

“I don’t know how many chances we’ve created on the pitch this season but it feels like a lot.

“We need to start putting them in. We all know how big it is in this league and to keep them out at the other end as well. We need to show more composure, which is something we are usually so good at.”

Cooper’s right in that we need to take our chances, but we also need to be a lot better at retaining possession in key areas, to mean our goals hold more weight.

Raphinha’s goal should have earned us a point against West Ham, but we sat deeper and stopped doing what got us there in the first place.

Having senior centre-backs available will help and I think there wasn’t much wrong with how we played up until the hour mark last time out.

The game could have been won at a canter had we taken our chances though, with Raphinha unlucky to hit the post while Mateusz Klich knows he should have scored too.