Lewis Cook is one of the most talented young midfielders in the Championship and this weekend represents a chance for key Leeds United players to get stuck into the local derby against Sheffield Wednesday.
Cook ranks well against an older and more experience Sheffield Wednesday player in Jacques Maghoma, with both stars likely to be key for their sides in the important game this weekend.
Maghoma outranks Cook in several areas of the stats predominantly because he’s played more minutes; 332 more minutes to be precise.
However, where the Leeds ace is showing considerable effectiveness is in terms of how he intercepts the ball and protects possession well in big games.
Despite having played fewer minutes, Cook has 11 more successful interceptions from Championship football this season and also appears to be a better passer with only ten fewer passes despite the difference in minutes.
Maghoma’s tackling and duels won stats suggest that he will try and outmuscle the Leeds midfield this weekend but Cook’s aim is simple; cut out and intercept the danger before it develops.
Cook is still an extremely young man at the start of his career and if he can match up well this weekend, he’ll further enhance his reputation at Elland Road.