The Leeds fans in the Transfer Tavern have been responding to their former midfielder, Lewis Cook, as he came off the bench for England to play the last 20 minutes against Italy in yesterday’s 1-1 draw at Wembley. The substitute appearance gave young Cook his first cap at senior level for England after representing the Three Lions at youth level.
Lewis Cook left Eland Road for the Vitality Stadium in the summer of 2016 and is enjoying his second season on the South Coast, having become a regular feature for Bournemouth in the current campaign, making 23 Premier League appearances for the Cherries. The 21-year-old gained a number of suitors during his time at Leeds before being snatched up by Eddie Howe and the Leeds fans propping our bar up are feeling both proud and bitter as he played his first minutes in the Three Lions shirt.
Leeds could certainly do with someone of Cook’s ability now, as the club have suffered a shocking run of form in 2018, winning only one game since the turn of the year. The Whites’ current form is that of a side doomed for relegation and after such a promising start to the campaign, the fans will be left wondering what could’ve been as they languish in 14th with the Play-Off places out of sight for the Elland Road faithful.
You can see what our local Whites made of Cook’s proud moment here:
Well Cook is a reminder of how important our academy team is & considering most of them atm look better than our current team, we definitely need to do things right this time *cough* Jack Clarke. LUFC stop selling our best players & not replacing them with the same or more talent
— Nertasherrrr (@wooleeds) March 28, 2018
He’s done it! Lewis Cook comes on to make his senior debut for @England. Proud day for his grandad, the Cook family, Bournemouth and everyone associated with his development at @LUFC. #DestinedForGreatness #LUFC #MOT pic.twitter.com/Zd9gvgq6C3
— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) 27 March 2018
Lewis Cook making his senior debut for England. You could see every time he put on a #lufc shirt that he had something special. Shame we’re nothing special.
— Thomas Bradley (@TBradley23) March 27, 2018
Why are people whinging about the #lufc support for Cook? Take some pride in the small positives we’ve had from the past few years, it’s allowed!
— GirlsKnowFootballToo (@GKFT) March 27, 2018
I’m bitter about Lewis Cook. Great achievement for him and his family but for me, watching him come on for England is a kick in the balls. A reminder of just how desperately pathetic, unambitious, downtrodden and screwed over #LUFC has been for over a decade. Just heartbreaking.
— White Answers (@whiteanswers) March 27, 2018
Bet every Leeds fan feels like a proud dad right now, we’ve had plenty of players play for England but there’s just something about Lewis Cook, destined for the top #lufc
— RightInTheGaryKellys (@RITGK) 27 March 2018
Im almost 100% sure Lewis Cook will play for Manchester City next season.. will sign for something like £35m #LUFC
— ROSSii (@MrROSSii1990) 28 March 2018
— MJK Sports Events (@mjksportsevents) 27 March 2018