Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook has been one of the most impressive youngsters to emerge into the first team in the recent past.
The teenager is loving life at Elland Road and there are key areas in the stats, which suggest he is one of the safest players in the team and has been consistent throughout the season.
Academy head Neil Redfearn saw something on him and he’s been allowed to develop in an extremely competitive league and will hopefully continue to do so throughout the season.
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Cook’s stats in terms of the number of times he’s dispossessed, recovers possession and the fouls he gives away are all better than the average for those areas in the Championship.
The two possession based stats suggest he protects the ball well and doesn’t make rash and silly decisions in terms of trying to be too ambitious with his variety of passes.
That’s complimented nicely by the fact he doesn’t give away too many fouls, which is a tribute to his intelligence and decision making.
Darko Milanic’s job is now to measure the pressure of playing him in big games against what’s best for his development.
Leeds are a huge club and as they get closer to the play-offs and any chance of promotion back into the Premier League, Milanic could shut up shop and try to protect Cook from any criticism that would follow a bad mistake or performance.
In conclusion, he’s made a great start to life in the Championship this season and Milanic should be confident that despite his age, he’ll have a big role to play throughout the current campaign.