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Which Leeds star has been the standout Championship youngster?

Lewis Cook has been the best performing teenager in the Championship this season.

The 17-year old midfielder was one of the few highlights of Dave Hockaday’s regime as Leeds head coach, although the youngster only made his full debut under Neil Redfearn in the 1-0 victory over Bolton.

Having progressed through the Whites Academy system under Redfearn, the caretaker coach was more than willing to provide the highly rated youngster his first start at Elland Road, and he was more than repaid as Cook controlled the midfield against Bolton.

He has gone on to start four consecutive games under Redfearn, and he will be hoping that his promising form will see him continue as a key first-team starter under new permanent boss Darko Milanic.

  PositionAppearancesMins PlayedGoals ConcededTackles Won per gameInterceptions Won per gameFouls Committed per game
Lewis Cook MF 7 399 4 1 1.4 0.6

In just under 400 minutes of Championship actions this season, Leeds have conceded just four goals when Cook has been playing. He consistently makes at least two defensive actions per game, and has been a key performer as the defensive midfielder in the Whites diamond midfield. Alongside the two energetic performers in Alex Mowatt and Tommaso Bianchi, Cook frequently breaks up opposition attacks to turnover play back to the Whites.

However, the youngster has not only been a key defensive performer for Leeds this season, he has also controlled the play from deep, having put the effort in to win the ball back.

  Touches per gamePasses per gamePassing Accuracy% of Passes that are Forward
Lewis Cook 41 31 80% 35%

Whilst retaining possession of the ball, Cook touches the ball a respectable 41 times per game, attempting 31 passes, with an completion rate of 80%.

Despite not being overly ambitious with his passing - with only 35% of passes moving the ball forward - the youngster’s ability to recycle possession makes him a useful component of a team attempting to play a possession based style of football.

Cook will be looking to extend his spell in the first-team into the new regime at Elland Road, and his impressive form at the start of the season should have seen his position guaranteed.

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