4 tackles, 2 dribbles: Lewis Cook's display of real maturity at Forest

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The 17-year-old Leeds midfielder was superb at Nottingham Forest on Saturday evening.

You wouldn't really think Lewis Cook was 17 if you were watching him for the first time yesterday afternoon.

So imposing was the Leeds United midfielder, spectators might have thought him to be Neil Redfearn's most experienced player.

Redfearn himself said after the game that Cook was 'the best player on the pitch by a mile' - and few could disagree.

During the 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest, the midfielder produced a display of real maturity.

  Tackles WonInterceptions WonTouchesDribbles WonChances CreatedFinal-Third PassesMinutes Played
Lewis Cook 4 2 51 2 1 6 90
Steve Morison 2 0 16 0 0 1 24
Stephen Warnock 2 3 71 1 0 17 90
Tommaso Bianchi 1 1 58 0 1 10 90
Sam Byram 1 3 69 0 1 7 90

Indeed, as Opta stats show, no Leeds player won more tackles than Cook, who produced an impressive tally of four - double what anyone else managed for the Yorkshire side.

The 17-year-old also won two interceptions, took 51 touches and completed six final-third passes. On the ball, Cook won as many dribbles as anyone else in the Leeds side and also created one chance.

The statistics do not really do justice to the midfielders' display at Nottingham Forest, though, with Cook's pace on the counter and influence in defence shining through against Stuart Pearce's men.

Leeds' biggest question now is whether the rest of Redfearn's side can match Cook's intensity - and whether they can hold on to their truly promising wonderkid long term.

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