Former Leeds ace urges manager who signed him to stay at the club
By Amir Mir
Former Leeds midfielder Lewis Cook has urged his new manager Eddie Howe to stay at the club after he emerged as a frontrunner for the vacant England post.
Cook made a £10million switch to the Premier League after the Cherries boss snapped him upped from the Championship last week.
The 19-year-old is hoping to develop under the stewardship of Howe, who guided the south coast club to safety in the Premier League last season.
Howe has played a remarkable part in the turnaround of the club, which nearly saw them go out of business eight years ago.
This has seen many supporters and ex-players tip the Cherries boss for the England job.
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But, Cook is hoping his manager stays on at the club as the players will benefit from his management.
“The manager has done great things here and likes working with young players,” said Cook as quoted by the Daily Mail. “There are quite a few younger players here and I feel that will benefit me and help to progress my career.”
The 38-year-old has done a magnificent job in bringing through young talent with the likes of Callum Wilson and Joshua King benefiting from his work.
Cook was named the Football League Young Player of the Year last season beating off competition from former Fulham striker Mousa Dembele and Walsall left-back Rico Henry to land the coveted gong.
He now hopes he can progress as a footballer and believes he is at the right club who bring through and nurture young talent.
“I’m only 19 so I’m still young, you need to look for those managers who want to improve young players and he has the faith in me to try to improve – I’m excited.” said Cook
The England Under-20 international will now pile his trade in the Premier League and will hope to follow in the footsteps of England international Deli Ali who was playing League One football last year.
Cook is now looking forward to the challenges ahead as he prepares for his first season in England’s top flight.
“I’m looking forward to training and I’m looking forward to the challenge, I want to make an impact and continue to develop,” he said.
“It’s a lovely place to live and the way the club play really excited me too.”