COMMENT By Will Butcher
Former Leeds wonderkid Lewis Cook excelled during his debut in the red and black of ambitious Premier League side Bournemouth on Sunday.
The 19-year-old was effervescent in his link-up play in midfield, and his creativity was on show during the build-up to Bournemouth’s consolation goal; selling a superb dummy to give the Cherries some momentum as they finally made a breakthrough.
Still in his teens, Cook is just getting started. The midfielder signed earlier this summer for an initial £6million which is expected to rise to £10million, but he has already begun to prove that manager Eddie Howe has made a shrewd purchase.
The youngster’s speed in the middle of the park is a rare commodity, and Cook is more than confident in gliding past his opposition. At times the youngster left the likes of Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera for dead.
Cook, who won the Football League Player of the Year last term, is also more than capable with the ball at his feet. During his time at Leeds, his impressive array of passing and dribbling made him the Yorkshire giants’ heartbeat, he made them tick.
Controlled aggression, dogged determination and a tireless engine, Cook could truly become one of the signings of the summer if Howe continues to show faith in the England under-19 international.
A full England call-up could well be on the horizon for the Leeds graduate. If Bournemouth play well, he will be right at the centre of it alongside Harry Arter and Andrew Surman.
The early signs from Cook are hugely promising. If he builds on his promising early start, he could be the signing of the summer.
In other Leeds news, the Whites fans reacted on Twitter to the teenager’s performance.