COMMENT By Alex Stevens
Leeds could be back in the Premier League next season if they made a sensational move to resign Lewis Cook on loan in the January transfer window.
Cook, 19, signed for Bournemouth for £10million in the summer but has been on the fringes of the Premier League team and has been pushed down the pecking order following the deadline day arrival of Jack Wilshere from Arsenal.
Leeds should take advantage of Cook’s situation and attempt to bring him back to Elland Road in the second half of the season.
With the central midfielder back in the Yorkshire giants’ side, the team would have greater dynamism and quality on the ball.
The England Under-19 international would complement captain Liam Bridcutt perfectly and give Leeds the momentum to finish in the playoffs and even clinch a stunning return to the English top flight.
Cook has been limited to just one Premier League appearance for Eddie Howe’s side this season, with two more coming in the EFL Cup against Preston and Morecambe.
The south coast club might consider it logical to make Cook available for loan in January, if he continues to struggle to find a way past the likes of Wilshere, Harry Arter and Andrew Surman.
Leeds have finally kick-started their season, after an appalling start that saw Garry Monk’s side initially sit just above the relegation zone.
Now, after five league and cup wins in six games, the former Swansea boss has orchestrated his side’s climb to eleventh place in the Championship.
Cook would offer another dimension to Leeds’ attack; dribbling from deep and taking opposition players out of the game. His long-range shooting ability is also something that Leeds do not currently possess in midfield.
Republic of Ireland international Eunan O’Kane, who, ironically moved from Bournemouth, is solid but limited.
Cook is the real deal and he could take his former club back to the next level if a deal could be agreed.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club on closing in on a £3.6million new signing.