By Tom Blackburn
Former Leeds player David Prutton has claimed that Garry Monk’s arrival has prevented a mass summer exodus at the club.
The midfielder played at Elland Road between 2007 and 2010 and he believes Monk is potentially the only reason more players haven’t walked away from the Massimo Cellino regime.
In an interview with Sky Sports News, as quoted by HITC, Prutton said he isn’t surprised that talented young midfielder Lewis Cook left the club to join Bournemouth earlier this summer.
This comes after Sam Byram joined West Ham in January, while a third Leeds academy graduate in Charlie Taylor handed in a transfer request last weekend that was rejected by the club.
“It’s huge (losing Lewis Cook) but those two in Byram and Cook were mooted transfers for a very long time,” said Prutton.
“It took a while to come to fruition but you perhaps sensed that with the inconsistencies in the way the club is run they were always going to be looking for pastures new to try and prolong their career.
“I think with Garry Monk coming in it might have stopped a certain degree of player wanting to leave because if I was a player I’d want to play with Monk and see what all the fuss is about.”
Cook left Leeds for the south coast at the start of July, for a fee an undisclosed fee understood to be around £7million.
Cook, 19, was named the Football League Young Player of the Year in June after beating off competition from fellow nominees Mousa Dembele and Rico Henry to land the coveted gong.
The England Under-19, was a mainstay of the Leeds team for the last two seasons, starting 41 of their 46 Championship matches in 2015-16 and providing further evidence of the potential that has made him a regular in the international set-up.
In other Leeds news, they have dropped a major transfer hint as they release their squad numbers.