Leeds United teenager Lewis Cook compares well to ex-Liverpool opponent Jay Spearing

Jay Spearing

Leeds take on Bolton this weekend and teenager Lewis Cook could come back into the side.


There are few teenagers in the Championship who are rated quite as highly as Leeds United's Lewis Cook.

The 17-year-old has played a big part in Leeds' season so far, his performances in midfield a real bright spot in a disappointing campaign so far for the club.

He is expected to come back into the team this weekend against Bolton after being rested for FA Cup weekend.

Cook matches up well against potential midfield opponent Jay Spearing, the current Bolton captain, formerly of Liverpool.

While he struggles to be as creative as Spearing, making only half the number of key passes, in other areas he matches up very evenly.

Cook can boast of making narrowly more tackles and more interceptions this season than Spearing, albeit in two more appearances.

His natural ability on the ball and willingness to take players on is a trait Spearing rarely shows, making only nine dribbles this season in comparison to the Leeds midfielder's 24.

For Cook to be doing what he is doing in an inconsistent side is testament to his maturity, and shows why head coach Neil Redfearn has absolute faith in him despite the multitude of options at his disposal.

Winning away to Neil Lennon's side is far from assured for a club which have only one victory on their travels this season, but if Leeds are to be successful, Cook can be expected to play an important role.

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