By Will Butcher
Leeds fans were delighted on Twitter to see Lewis Cook make his Premier League debut for Bournemouth during their 3-1 loss to Manchester United.
The 19-year-old signed for the Cherries from the Whites for an initial £6million, which will rise to £10million with add-ons after winning the Football League Young Player of the Year.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe decided to throw the midfield wonderkid in at the deep end by starting him against Premier League giants Manchester United.
Cook came off after 81 minutes as United ran out 3-1 winners, and was subject to ‘we all hate Leeds scum’ chants throughout the match.
The midfielder played a major part in the build up to Bournemouth’s consolation goal, producing an impressive dummy in the build-up to former Leeds right-back Adam Smith’s strike.
Leeds fans were impressed with Cook, who didn’t look out of place despite the major step up from Championship to the top flight of English football.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
My heart breaks everytime Lewis cook touches the ball. #LCIFB
— Jamie Ward (@jay_ward92) August 14, 2016
Lewis Cook looks excellent, settled into Bournemouth quite well it seems #LUFC
— Cellino Out (@RussoLUFC) August 14, 2016
— Got proper Monk on. (@EVANSlufc) August 14, 2016
BREAKING NEWS…Paul Pogba asked French FA to be suspended so he didn't get shown up by Lewis Cook on debut! #lufc
— Oliver Edwards (@OliverEdwards19) August 14, 2016
— Mathew Walker (@mattywak) August 14, 2016
Max Gradel replaces Lewis Cook, in the Premier League against Manchester United. How depressing. #lufc
— Jake Beales-Hobson (@JakeBealoJourno) August 14, 2016
— DrewRammo (@AndyRammo) August 14, 2016
— Joe LUFC (@LUFC_LUFC) August 14, 2016
One Leeds fan summed up what all of the Whites’ supporters are feeling, comparing Leeds target man Chris Wood to United’s new attacking spearhead Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Lewis cook now on the same pitch as zlatan, surely he wishes he stayed at #lufc where he could be playing with the likes of Chris wood…🙈😂
— Miz (@LukeMisseldine) August 14, 2016
The young midfielder has been a mainstay of the Leeds team for the last two seasons, starting 41 of their 46 Championship matches in 2015/16 and providing further evidence of the potential that has made him a regular in the international set-up.
In other Leeds news, captain Sol Bamba has implored manager Garry Monk to add to his eight new recruits.