Leeds fans in the Transfer Tavern have been reacting to a story in the Yorkshire Evening Post that ex-player, Lewis Cook, is not set to gain Leeds any financial gain from his first England cap. The club failed to negotiate a clause in his Bournemouth contract where the south coast club owe Leeds money if the player turns out for the national team.
The youngster has represented England throughout the age groups and was apart of the U20 side that won the World Cup last year. For most, it seemed a matter of when and not if the player would get his first cap for the senior side. Despite this, the Elland Road faithful have missed out on an easy financial gain through the youngster, who signed for Bournemouth back in summer 2016 at the age of just 19. Cook has been in great form for Bournemouth this season and his call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England is a testament to the hard work he’s put in over the last few years.
Lewis Cook’s current campaign has been a roaring success as he’s made 23 appearances in the Premier League, registering two assists in that time. His current England call-up into Gareth Southgate’s 27 man squad makes him one of four uncapped players in the squad, the others being Nick Pope, James Tarkowski and Alfie Mawson. All four of the new Three Lions will be looking forward to the fixtures as they hope to get their England career underway with their first caps.
Here’s what the Leeds fans verdict on Cook’s call-up:
Top business from us as usual..
— Beard of Zeus
At least his Grandfather was switched on!
— Stephen Hill (@StephenHill10) 22 March 2018
Course we didn’t put any ‘England Add-On’ instalment payment on to a player who had already played England U16, U17, U18 youth football & who we rated massively highly………… #LUFC
— Ben Torode (@BenTorode4) March 22, 2018
How was that not a clause. Jesus.
— LUFC (@drlufc) March 22, 2018
Sounds about right
— Jay (@jamieparsons76) March 22, 2018
And you wonder where @andrearadri gets his football business skills from? CW payment in instalments. Mental. Just bloody mental.
— Tibet66 (@tibet66) March 22, 2018
Typical Leeds. Would be unbelievable with any other club. Never mind, so long as our ticket prices stay high, I'm sure we'll all be happy… Jesus.
— Keith Brindle (@BrindleKeith) March 22, 2018