On the first day of the 2014/15 season, Leeds played Millwall in what would be a frustrating game for the Yorkshire side as they were held to a draw by the London side.
Coming on as a second-half substitute, Lewis Cook made his debut for the side and unfortunately for the academy man, he gave away a penalty which allowed Millwall back into the game.
The young midfielder made his full debut in the League Cup only a few days later and quickly established himself as one of the first names on the teamsheet despite his age.
Following his first game for the club, here’s what the fans had to say:
@LUFC don't forget Lewis Cook is a beautiful player.
— jayjay82 (@jwh1982) August 9, 2014
@gingerstreak Lewis Cook shone out for me, the rest clueless !
— Andy Firth (@AndrewFirth21) August 9, 2014
Lewis Cook is gonna be some player #lufc
— Dan Torończak (@dantoronczak) August 9, 2014
@lewiscook_ great debut a future star for the whites. Definitely not a pen didn’t touch the millwall nobody. Excellent performance
— Reece Bennett (@reebo1001) 9 August 2014
— Luciano (@LUFCLDP1989) August 9, 2014
— ROSSii (@MrROSSii1990) August 9, 2014
Leeds have always had a strong history of bringing through academy graduates and Cook was yet another to make the step up. Alongside the likes of Charlie Taylor, Sam Byram and Alex Mowatt Cook formed a solid homegrown contingent in the side.
Despite playing his first season in the first-team, Cook was an essential player in the side and played 37 games although his season finished with him picking up an injury late in March which ruled him out for the final matches of the season.
Following the end of the season, he won the ‘Young Player of the Year’ award and signed a new contract with the club. In his final season with the club he cemented himself as a crucial part of the team as he played 43 games in the league.
After two impressive years with the side, Cook was signed by Bournemouth and although he only played six games in his first season he would go onto to captain England to glory in the Under-20 World Cup.
Now an established Premier League player in an excellent Bournemouth side, it seems the Leeds fans were right to rave over the midfielder.