Peter Lorimer has suggested in The Yorkshire Evening Post that Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook can be too adventurous at times.
The Leeds great has pointed out that the 18-year-old often misplaces his passes and tries to dribble too much.
“You can’t fail to be impressed by Cook’s poise and his quick feet but if you watch him and (Alex) Mowatt side by side in midfield, it’s clear to see which of them has more experience,” Lorimer wrote in The Yorkshire Evening Post.
“I’m not about to start criticising Cook but he’s still in that stage where, in amongst his really good play, passes go astray and he dribbles his way into trouble.”
Lorimer’s observation is spot-on and is backed up by stats.
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Cook’s pass accuracy is just over 76%, and that is far from impressive. Of the 65 dribbles the youngster has attempted in 34 Championship appearances so far this season, he has managed to be successful in 39.
However, one needs to remember that Cook is only 18 years of age and is still developing.
While him misplacing passes and trying too many dribbles is not always good for the team, it is certainly something that should be encouraged.
The Championship may be exciting, but there are not many truly technically gifted or elegant players in the division.
Cook is one of the few teenagers in the second tier of English football who does genuinely look good on the ball and appears to be very comfortable in possession.