Leadbitter v Cook: Which midfielder is clearly ahead of the other?

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Leeds United star Lewis Cook is behind Middlesbrough midfielder Grant Leadbitter in several areas despite only having played one game less this season.

Leeds United have several talented youngsters in their ranks with Lewis Cook arguably the pick of the bunch.

Cook has shown remarkable maturity throughout this season in terms of the way he’s controlled the pace and flow of his team’s play in big games.

This weekend will create a good comparison between Cook and high flying Grant Leadbitter who has been brilliant as Middlesbrough’s vice-captain.

Here’s how they compare against each other in several key areas.

  PositionTeamGoalsGoal AssistBig Chance CreatedWon TackleInterception WonPassing AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Grant Leadbitter MF Middlesbrough 11 8 10 46 39 83% 30 2,544
Lewis Cook MF Leeds 0 0 2 40 55 77% 29 2,232

Leadbitter is quite clearly the more attacking of the two players as his scoring and assists stats show.

He’s more refined in the opponent’s final third, which shouldn’t be a major surprise considering his superior experience and the fact he plays in a more advanced position.

Leadbitter also deserves praise because his tackling stats suggest he hurries around the pitch, looking to throw in some challenges to win possession back as quickly as possible.

One area where Cook is vital for Leeds is the way he reads the play. He’s had more interceptions this season which suggests he’s better at reading the game than his opposite number.

He cuts out danger before it develops into something more serious and if he can do that in key positions this weekend, his passing accuracy is good enough to hurt Middlesbrough if they disregard him as a threat.

It should be an extremely interest contest this weekend.

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