Lewis Cook comments give Leeds fans reason for optimism, raves about Redfearn

Lewis Cook clinched the Championship Apprentice of the Year award on Sunday.

Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he's enjoying playing under Neil Redfearn, whilst thanking the Whites boss for giving him a chance.

Cook, 18, has emerged from the Leeds United academy, following in the footsteps of recent graduates such as James Milner, Aaron Lennon and Fabian Delph.

With 38 appearances this season, Cook has been a first-team regular this season, and much of that is down to Neil Redfearn.

The Leeds manager has put his faith in young players this season, with Sam Byram, Charlie Taylor and Alex Mowatt all playing big roles, whilst Kalvin Phillips has also been promoted to the first team this season too.

It's Cook who has been the biggest success story though, and his exploits this season were recognised as he won the Apprentice of the Year award in the Championship on Sunday.

Cook spoke to the Yorkshire Evening Post after winning the award, and gave Leeds fans cause for optimism by saying that there is good young talent emerging at Elland Road - whilst even adding that he's enjoying the environment at the club despite recent chaos.

"I didn’t expect this season to be as good as it has been. I’d like to thank my family and the club for their support," said Cook. "Neil Redfearn has always been behind me. He’s given me my chance and I’m really grateful for what he’s done for me. There’s a lot of good young talent coming through at Leeds. It’s great - really good to play in that environment."

There has been plenty of drama at Leeds in recent weeks, with Redfearn's assistant boss Steve Thompson being suspended, whilst six players all pulled out of Saturday's game against Charlton Athletic in suspicious circumstances.

Whilst they are dark points of the season, Cook's development is certainly the biggest bonus for Leeds supporters this season - and they should take Cook's comments as a sign of the promise for the future at the club.

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