Leeds United legend Eddie Gray has told the Yorkshire Evening Post he feels Lewis Cook will be a Premier League player at some point in the future.
Cook, still just 17-years-old, has developed into one of the club’s most important players under Neil Redfearn and Gray believes he’s destined for big things.
“Cook obviously shone again and he is a terrific player. He plays with a maturity, he’s got good ability, good pace and he works hard in games,” wrote Gray.
“One way or the other he’ll play in the Premier League and I hope it’s with us. He’s a young player just now and he’s got plenty of time as he’s still 17 and he’s not 18 until next month.”
Neil Redfearn will have two questions in his mind with regards to Cook.
Firstly, how he can he get even better and secondly, how can the boss prevent the attention from other sides getting to him.
Redfearn is the ideal coach to have developing the various aspects of Cook’s game because of the experience he’s shown building up the club’s academy players.
He knows how to work with younger players and knows how to get the most out of them.
With regards to the interest coming from other sides, that’s more difficult to fathom.
Redfearn won’t know how difficult it is to fend off interest from Premier League teams until the formal bids come in because the will be the first indication of whether Cook will be affected by the prospect of a bigger move.
For now, he’ll let him get his head down and crack on with his football as Leeds look to get up the Championship table.