Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn has a number of things to consider as the club prepares a new contract for Lewis Cook.
The Daily Star has reported that Leeds United are considering a new contract for teenage midfielder Lewis Cook worth £4,000 per week.
The 17-year-old deserves praise for the way he’s played this season, establishing himself as a key player under Neil Redfearn at arguably the biggest club outside the Premier League.
While the news appears positive for Leeds, there are one or two problems which Redfearn will have to consider.
Redfearn has to ensure that Cook doesn’t become complacent under a long term and lucrative deal. He’s worked extremely hard to get to this point so it’s unlikely, but it’s important Redfearn keeps him grounded and working hard towards continued improvement.
£4k per week may not seem like a lot in terms of modern professional football wages, but it’s not bad for a young man who will shortly be turning 18. Cook seems like a grounded and sensible young man, but Redfearn needs to ensure he doesn’t get carried away with the distractions which come with vast wealth.
The new reported agreement doesn’t do much to protect Leeds from a big club coming in with a large offer and trying to sign him. Leeds’ Italian owners could find it difficult to resist selling him, regardless of a new contract, if a Premier League side makes a lucrative enough offer.
The Rest of the Squad
Another potential problem for Leeds is how the rest of the squad are going to react and potential questions which could be asked as a result of the new deal. Some more experienced players, who may not be on as good a contract, may ask why they’re not being paid as much which can cause friction in the dressing room.
Fortunately for Leeds, they have a boss who is experienced in terms of working hard and dealing with younger players.