Leeds United youngster Lewis Cook has been quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post explaining what he’s found the ‘hardest bit’ about adapting to the England under-19 side.
Cook has previously represented England’s under-18 side but was called up to the under-19 ranks after an impressive and very consistent season with Leeds in the Championship.
He’s shown a level of maturity far greater than his years and has shown that he’s capable of adapting to difficult conditions in a very competitive league.
“It is just getting to know the lads, that is the hardest bit. Once you get to know them, it is fine and the group dynamic is really good,” said Cook.
“We have got to do that on the pitch and off the pitch. That will win us the games and see us progress.”
Neil Redfearn has always maintained that one of the best ways for his younger players to progress and develop is if they are thrown into situations outside their comfort zone.
It won’t matter to the Leeds boss whether that means getting to know a new group of people or playing under the pressure of representing the club.
The important thing is that Cook makes it through the international break without any problems and returns to Leeds looking to kick on over the rest of the Championship season.
Redfearn will then face a challenge to develop and improve him looking ahead to next season as Leeds push to get a place back in the Premier League.