Liam Cooper has promised to dedicate Leeds’ potential promotion to club legends Norman Hunter and Trevor Cherry.

Hunter died at the age of 76 after a short battle with coronavirus in April, while Cherry, 72, suddenly passed at the end of the month.

Hunter won two top-flight titles with Leeds in the late 1960s and early 1970s
Cherry, 27 times for England, captained Leeds in the 1970s
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Marcelo Bielsa’s side are in a strong position to end their 16-year exile from the Premier League this season with an eight-point lead over third-placed Brentford.

Leeds captain Cooper told talkSPORT: “They were two great men, two legends of the club who are in the back of our minds.

“If we can manage to get over the line, it will definitely be for those two.

“I know those two will be watching down on us. Everybody else who’s passed as well, our condolences go to everybody.”

A convincing 3-0 win over Fulham on Saturday further highlighted Leeds’ promotion credentials.

The Whites, who fell short against Derby in the play-off semi-finals last season, host relegation-threatened Luton on Tuesday.

And Cooper insists his side are not getting ahead of themselves, despite their healthy lead at the top of the table.

He said: “I think my message to the lads, I know it’s cliche, but to approach it game by game.

Cooper is hoping to captain Leeds to promotion this season
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“You’ve got to get over it, you can either let it get the better of you or go again.

“We’re lucky that we’ve got a great bunch of lads, a fairly young group as well. They’re hungry, they want to develop and they want to do this.

“They make it easier for me, as a captain, they’re all so determined to put last year right and hopefully we can do that.

“We’ve just got to be on it for every game now and we will be.

“Over the course of the season you go through every single emotion you can think of – that’s what football does to us and that’s why we love it.

“We’ve put ourselves in a really good position, but anything can happen.

“We all know the Championship, we know there is no given and we’ve just got to do us and concentrate on us and the rest will take care of itself.”

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