Exclusive: Whelan drools over Leeds kid who's the new Lewis Cook & destined to be PL star
Noel Whelan has tipped Leeds United youngster Jamie Shackleton to follow in the footsteps of Lewis Cook in becoming a Premier League star.
In an exclusive interview with Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Whites striker believes that the 20-year-old has got the “same ingredients” as the current Bournemouth man.
Leeds academy graduate Cook, 23, left Elland Road to join the Cherries in the summer of 2016, having been named the EFL Young Player of the Year for the 2015/16 campaign.
He has since gone on to play 68 times in the Premier League, with his performances earning him a substitute appearance for England against Italy in 2018.
Whelan believes that Shackleton has what it takes to thrive in the top flight and has tipped him to tread the same path as Cook.
Whelan told Football Insider: “I’m sure he’s going to end up as a Premier League player, I’d love to see that happen. He’s got a wealth of talent under his belt and is one player I think could probably thrive.
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“A little bit like Lewis Cook when he was at Leeds, he can do it with Bournemouth in the Premier League. He’s been hampered with injuries but they’ve got a real top-class midfielder on their hands.
“I think Jamie Shackleton has got the same ingredients in his DNA.”
Cook played a total of 85 times during his time at Leeds, scoring twice.
Shackleton meanwhile is up to 40 outings for the Whites, although he is still waiting for his first goal.
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