By Coral Barry

Steve Evans has heaped praise on youngster Lewis Cook after his impressive performance for Leeds in the 1-0 defeat to Burnley on Saturday.

Leeds struggled to get back into the game after going behind from a Scott Arfield strike after just 60 seconds, but Evans believes Cook was the standout player on the pitch despite Burnley’s victory.

Cook has been one of the few bright sparks in an otherwise bleak campaign for Leeds and has established himself as one of England’s most promising youngsters and the Yorkshire club’s most prized possession at just 19.

Evans was delighted to once again get fine performance out of his midfielder and praised the Leeds’ academy graduate after the game.

“I thought he caused them enormous problems, enormous problems,” said Evans speaking to Yorkshire TV. “I think the two central midfielders of Burnley didn’t know where he was half the game.

“He didn’t just pop up centrally, he popped up left and he popped up right.”

Cook’s form has attracted the attention of some of England’s biggest clubs with Football Insider revealing the midfielder was being watched by Manchester United in November.

Leeds lost another star youngster, Sam Byram to West Ham in January and speculation has been growing that Cook could be the next Academy graduate to exit Elland Road.

Steve Evans says reports he will be dismissed by Leeds should be ignored

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The result leaves Leeds 15th in the Championship table with very little to play for between now and the end of the season.

The Whites are virtually safe from relegation with 11 points separating them from the bottom three and are firmly out of contention for a play-off spot with six league games left to play.

Leeds travel to Birmingham on Tuesday night hoping to pick up their first win in four league games.

In other Leeds news, Evans was not pleased with this player during the Burnley loss.