Leeds United fans have gotten used to Thorp Arch producing a number of exciting products over the years, but Lewis Cook may just be one of the best.
Cook graduated through the Leeds United youth academy and later went on to make his first-team debut for Leeds United in the first match of the 2014-15 season, coming on as a substitute against Millwall. He became a regular during the 14-15 campaign, joining the likes of Sam Byram, Charlie Taylor and Alex Mowatt, which helped him secure Leeds’ Young Player of the Year award at the end of the season.
“When I first came to the club he was someone I obviously already knew, because of the success he had in the summer with the young England team, winning the World Cup as captain,”
“I call him ‘little maestro’. I said to him, ‘You remind me of Luka Modric,’ and he said, ‘Nah JD, you can’t say that, he plays for Real Madrid!’
“But seriously, the way he plays, the way he receives the ball, his confidence, the way he takes the ball into certain areas. He never panics. He’s one of those players who stays on the ball.”
And, it’s fair to say he lived up to the hype during his time at Elland Road as he adopted a dogged approach, possessed the ability to score from range and could pick a defence-splitting pass.
He managed to bag his first goal for the club against Yorkshire rivals Doncaster Rovers but it wasn’t all good news for him on that day as he was given his marching orders. However, fans will definitely remember the midfielder’s long-range screamer against Fulham at Elland Road, as it was his first goal for the club.
Indeed, the promising youngster won the Football League Young Player of the Year award at the end of the 2015-16 season, as well as the Goal of the Season award.
Cook made 85 appearances for Leeds, scoring two goals and producing five assists.
Sadly, he went on to join Bournemouth for £6.3 million (as per Transfermarkt) in the summer of 2016.
He’s impressed since moving to the Vitality Stadium and looks like the real deal in the Premier League, with an England call-up possibly coming his way once he returns from injury and gets back playing.
Of course, Leeds would love to see the midfielder back at Elland Road as he gave fans a reason to smile and it’s not very often you come across a midfielder as talented as the Bournemouth man. He’d fit perfectly into the Whites midfield as he’d provide the defensive solidity that has been missing at times, as well as being able to start attacks and to supply the likes of Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford at the pinnacle of the attack.
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