By Coral Barry
Steve Evans has revealed he often talks to Premier League managers about his star midfielder Lewis Cook.
The other nominees for the coveted award are Fulham’s striking sensation Mousa Dembele and Walsall left-back Rico Henry.
Cook, 19, has caught the eye of some of England’s biggest clubs and Evans conceded that Leeds received several big money offers for the midfielder in January.
Manchester United were thought to be one of Cook’s admirers and Evans has admitted he is always being approached by other managers wishing to ask about his star player.
“He’s got everything, that’s why he was the subject of multi-million pound offers from different clubs in the January window,” said Evans speaking to LUTV. “Technically he’s magnificent. He’s got a huge desire and a huge heart to play football and a real example of the type of player we want to have hear at Leeds United.
“I’m very privileged to work with some the coaches on the current Pro License. Some are from the Premier League and different levels, but they are all admirers of Lewis.
“He’s a wonderful talent. And when you tell them the type of kid he is and the character he’s got, it even adds more.”
Cook has now played 30-plus Championship games for Leeds in successive seasons and has become the star attraction at Elland Road in the last year.
The only league matches the England under-21s international has missed this season has been due to suspension after he picked up a red card against Doncaster in the League Cup in August.
Evans arrived at Elland Road in October to replace the sacked Uwe Rosler and has been hugely impressed with Cook’s talents.
The 53-year-old said: “There will be some good other nominees [for the Football League Young Player of the Year award], but my point of view is that if Lewis doesn’t win it, I’ll be really, really surprised.
“He’s just simply top class.”