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12 months in the life of Leeds United's Lewis Cook

From relative obscurity to a Football League award in 12 months, it has been quite a ride for Leeds' rising star.

This time last year, Lewis Cook was just part of the Development Squad at Leeds looking on enviously as his ex-team-mate Alex Mowatt made waves in the Leeds United first team.

A year on and Cook is one of the most talked-about young players in the country, allegedly being trailed by the Premier League's top clubs, and surely about to win a string of end of season awards at Leeds. It has been a stunning 12 months for the speedy and combative 18-year-old, and here it is in full:

May 21st, 2014

Cook plays his part in England winning the Under-17 European Championships, scoring a penalty in the 4-1 shoot-out victory over the Netherlands, after the final was drawn 1-1.

August 2nd, 2014

Having played a full part in pre-season as Leeds built a squad almost from scratch, it becomes clear that Cook is a feature in the first team squad and not just making up the numbers, as he plays in the Dundee United friendly at Elland Road.  

August 12th, 2014


Cook makes his full Leeds United debut aged just 17, starting in midfield as the Whites beat Accrington Stanley 2-1 in the League Cup at Elland Road.

November 29th, 2014

Leeds beat league leaders Derby County 2-0 at Elland Road and Cook cements his name as a rising star in the Sky Bet Championship. Cook wins the midfield battle with a performance of bewitching class and maturity.

March 29th, 2015


The elation of making his England Under-19 debut in a 1-0 win over Azerbaijan is tempered by returning back to Leeds with an ankle injury, which forces Cook to miss - to date - the next five games for Leeds, all of which the team lose.

April 19th 2015

A personal high as the Football League awards Cook with their prize of the 'Apprentice of the Year'.


Cook is undoubtedly the Leeds United poster boy, and is the one asset the fans insist is not sold as they await a summer of almost certain upheaval. 

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