By Alex Stevens

Lewis Cook has been nominated on the three-man shortlist for the Football League Young Player of the Year award, it was confirmed on Monday.

The teenage playmaker is up against Fulham striker Mousa Dembele and Walsall left-back Rico Henry for the coveted gong.

The annual award is presented to the best player in The Football League under the age of 21, or the season in which he turned 21, and celebrates the emergence of young playing talent at the 72 professional clubs outside of the English division.

This year’s winner will hope to follow in the footsteps of the 2015 winner Dele Alli, who has gone onto receive international honours and wide acclaim in his first season at Tottenham. Gareth Bale (2007) and Fabian Delph (2009) are also internationally recognised previous winners of the award.

Cook, 19, has been a mainstay of the Leeds team for the second consecutive season, starting 35 of their 40 Championship matches and providing further evidence of the potential that has made him a regular for the England Under-19s.

Explaining Cook’s nomination on their website on Monday, the Football League wrote: “The talented 19-year-old has won plaudits across the division and beyond for his dominant midfield displays throughout the season.”

The winner will be announced at The Football League Awards in Manchester on Sunday, 17 April.