Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has told the Yorkshire Evening Post what he feels are Lewis Cook’s best qualities.
Cook has quickly become one of the most important players for the Leeds first team as he continues to develop and gain experience in the professional game.
“You forget he’s 17 years old but what an immense talent he is. He’s got this presence, this power and this drive about him and the kid can play,” said the boss.
“His best position is where he can dictate and he dictated that game (on Tuesday). He was the best player on the pitch.”
The power aspect of Cook’s performance is extra significant because he’s a physically underdeveloped midfielder.
If he can keep working hard in terms of adding muscle gain and physical power in his training routine, he’ll be even more difficult to get the better of in various midfield contests.
The presence comes from his quality and the idea that he’s a far better player than the majority of opposition sides probably give him credit for.
Redfearn’s job is twofold; keep him motivated and prevent him from becoming distracted.
It’s easy to see how complacency could creep into his game because he’s playing consistently at a very early age.
If complacency creeps into his game then it could affect his performances and cause his standards to drop.
He could become distracted because of reports such as the one in the Daily Star, which claim he’s a target for some very big Premier League sides.
Fortunately for Leeds, they have a manager extremely experienced when it comes to working with younger players and Cook seems to recognise the benefits that Redfearn is having on his career.