Names: Lewis Cook
Date of Birth: 3 February 1997
Lewis Cook – his career so far
At the age of 23, Lewis Cook is definitely among the most-developed players on the list of Bournemouth’s young stars in making. Even though he is a regular part of their first-team squad right now, it still feels like he’s just hitting the highs that he was always meant to hit and the future could bring even more excitement for the Cherries and their fans.
But the now 23-year-old midfielder is not really a homegrown talent as he spent the majority of his early steps back at Leeds United, having joined and developed in their academy since an early age, coming to prominence back in 2014.
Following his stints with the Whites’ U18s – where he featured as a young 15-year-old lad – he broke into their first team in the season 2014/15, debuting as a substitute against Millwall. His first start came in the League Cup in August against Accrington Stanley and then he got his league start against Watford later that same month.
When everything is said and done, Cook managed to register 85 appearances for Leeds United, scoring two goals and assisting further five in the process as well, before penning a long-term contract with Bournemouth in the summer of 2016.
He’s been a steady presence in their squad ever since, tallying 78 games under his name in the three-year spell he’s been at the Vitality Stadium. Even though he is not a prolific goalscorer, with no goals and only three assists to his name so far, he’s still young and has the talent to turn into a star of the future.
The first three seasons, however, were a mixed bag for him with the Cherries as he had to bide his time for the chance in the starting lineup. But following some good cameo appearances and off-the-bench success, he finally became a regular part of the gala XI in the 2018/19 campaign. That was then, unfortunately, abruptly stopped by a serious ligament rupture that sidelined his season.
Cook played a total of 22 games in 2019/20 before football was put on hold due to the recent outbreak that affected the whole world.
The most unfortunate piece of Bournemouth news surrounding Cook was definitely his cruciate ligament rupture that meant the 23-year-old star would miss the start of the 2019/20 campaign along with a huge chunk of 2018/19, and would then also struggle to break back into the first-team squad after that.
But Eddie Howe has been extremely supportive of his midfielder, stating that he is getting back to his brilliant best and that he’s been patient enough throughout this tough period of his young career.
The transfer rumours have died down just a bit in recent times, helped by the lack of game time Cook has experienced in the ongoing campaign, but there were whispers of both Chelsea and Liverpool showing their interest in the now 23-year-old midfielder.
There has been no updated transfer news on that front as of right now, however, and that could indicate that Cook could be staying at the club for at least a while longer.
Cook is the type of midfielder who has the quality and the skill to dictate the tempo of any game and also has the talent to be that turning point for Bournemouth when they are struggling to get going.
Of course, we haven’t seen much of that as of late but there were a plethora of outside circumstances and factors that played a big role in his stagnation in 2018/19 and 2019/20 respectively. But injuries and self-doubt aside, Cook still has the touch, the finesse and the technique to tango with the best of them.
But it’s often about the simplest of plays that best describe the 23-year-old gem – whether it’s a nice flick to set up a teammate or a quick switch of play to the other side of the pitch, Cook seems to have plenty of solutions in his locker and quite a few weapons in his arsenal.
He will often fly under the radar and many could be tempted to forget all about him, especially with the last two seasons he’s had, but he is still young enough to properly develop and has the mentality to power through the dry spells and tough periods to come back stronger than ever.
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