Lewis Cook: Joao Teixeira has been my toughest opponent this season

Lewis Cook

Leeds United star Lewis Cook admitted that he had trouble with Joao Teixeira this season.

Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook has told this month's issue of Four Four Two magazine that Brighton playmaker Joao Teixeira is the toughest player he's had to face.

Cook, 18, is another product of the Leeds youth system, following in the footsteps of recent graduates Fabian Delph, James Milner and Aaron Lennon in making the step-up to the Leeds first team.

A key part of Neil Redfearn's side, Cook has been one of Leeds' star performers this season, and his performances have even triggered reported interest from Premier League side Aston Villa according to The Sun.

At such a young age, Cook is bound to endure some ups and downs, and has told that Four Four Two that he struggled to play against one player in particular this season.

Cook featured in Leeds' 2-0 loss at Brighton and Hove Albion back in February, and admitted to Four Four Two that Seagulls playmaker Joao Teixeira gave him the most trouble this term.

"Joao Carlos Teixeira at Brighton," said Cook when asked who the toughest opponent he faced was. "I was playing in defensive midfield and he was always looking for space in behind me. I spent the whole game looking over my shoulder to see where he was."

Teixeira, 22, is currently on a season-long loan at Brighton from Liverpool, having struggled to make an impact in the first-team at Anfield.

However, the Portuguese youngster has impressed in the Championship, scoring six goals in 31 games for Brighton this season - and may be Liverpool should pay attention to Cook's comments ahead of Teixeira's scheduled return to Merseyside this summer.

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