Former Leeds United winger Eddie Gray has suggested in the Yorkshire Evening Post three areas he feels Lewis Cook needs to improve.
Gray has admitted that he’s surprised Cook didn’t get a call up to a higher level with England (he’s in the under-19s, not the under-20s) but suggests he’s got the potential to develop well over the next few seasons.
“I’m surprised Lewis is not in the under-20s because he’s good enough for that,” wrote Gray.
“What he has got to add to his game now is goals and not just that, but his final pass and creating chances for strikers. That’s something that will come with experience.”
Cook has been a regular in Neil Redfearn’s side over the majority of this season and he’s developing into a very steady and solid Championship player.
The international break will benefit him because it provides a break from the pressure of the Championship, but it’s important he maintains the form and momentum he’s been showing in big games.
It’s also important that the manager and the player continue to look for ways to improve over the next few months.
Cook is perfectly capable of sitting and controlling the pace and tempo of games, but he could do more in terms of providing a goal threat to the opposition in big games.
How Neil Redfearn goes about making those changes to his style remains to be seen and it is a risk because he’s not doing an awful lot wrong at the moment.
However, he needs to find different ways to play in different situations against different teams and if he gets it right, he could well be the club’s most important player next season.