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Robbie Blake suggests Leeds will build team around Lewis Cook 'for years'

Former Leeds United striker Robbie Blake has praised his old club for securing the long term future of Lewis Cook.

Former Leeds United striker Robbie Blake told Radio Yorkshire that he expects his old side to build a team around Lewis Cook for years to come.

One of the first things that Massimo Cellino oversaw when he returned to the club was a new long term contract for the midfielder, which gives Leeds some security against one of their best current players.

Blake has praised the club for sorting out the issue of his future quickly and has suggested that Leeds fans can look forward to a team based around Cook for a long time.

“He’s a tremendous talent. I’ve spoken about him very highly with everyone I’ve talked to in the game. It’s tremendous that Leeds have snapped him up and got him on this long term contract,” he said.

“He is capable, as big as Leeds United is, of having a team built around him for the next few years, he’s that good – The fans can breathe a huge sigh of relief and look forward to the next few years with Cook in the team.”

Cook has shown a remarkable level of maturity for a teenager in one of the biggest clubs outside the Premier League.

He’s a very level headed and sensible type of player who works hard on his fitness and never stops running during a game, as he looks to get the very best out of himself and the team.

He definitely has longevity and if he can avoid any serious injuries, he could be the heartbeat of the team for several seasons.

It will be interesting to see how Uwe Rosler looks to utilise him in midfield and how he looks to develop the team, with Cook a key component through the middle.

There’s no reason why Cook can’t be the driving force behind a push for promotion over 2015/2016.

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