Boss Thomas Christiansen gives his stance on Leeds United captaincy in 2017/18 season

Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen
Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen
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Head coach Thomas Christiansen has suggested that Liam Cooper will keep the Leeds United captain's armband while starting and that appointing a permanent club skipper is low down on his list of priorities.

Leeds and Christian are yet to announce a set club captain for the new campaign with last season's skipper Liam Bridcutt having fallen down the central midfield pecking order.

Bridcutt failed to make the matchday 18 for United's Championship opener at Bolton Wanderers in which Cooper skippered the Whites.

Luke Ayling then wore the armband for Wednesday night's Carabao Cup clash with Port Vale for which Cooper was rested but another obvious contender in Pontus Jansson is back from suspension this weekend.

Christiansen has already revealed that Bridcutt has again failed to make the match-day 18.

But United's head coach admitted that selecting a permanent club captain is not one of his major concerns, with the Dane again insisting that there are plenty of captains within his side.

Liam Cooper wore the captain's armband in the 3-2 win at Bolton

Liam Cooper wore the captain's armband in the 3-2 win at Bolton

Cooper looks certain to start Saturday's Championship hosting of Preston North End alongside Jansson at centre-back but Cooper will face a stern battle to start when Everton loanee Matthew Pennington returns from his ankle injury.

Asked if the captain's armband was Cooper's to keep, Christiansen replied: "Why not? He is one of the captains in the team and if perhaps he will not play one game then another one will come in and another captain will be chosen.

"For me, it's not a problem. The problem is to take a good result.

"The other things - if he wears the armband or is he the captain? I don't give it too much importance."

Liam Bridcutt was Leeds' club captain in 2016/17

Liam Bridcutt was Leeds' club captain in 2016/17

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