Is Leeds United star Lewis Cook worth more than £15 million?

Lewis Cook

With Raheem Sterling leaving Liverpool for £49 million, what is the market value for Leeds United's highly rated talent Lewis Cook?

Raheem Sterling's controversial move from Liverpool to Manchester City has set a new benchmark in English football.

The talented 20-year will sign for £49 million, as reported The BBC, after a drawn out summer of negotiations so far.

His transfer fee will have a knock-on effect for other clubs and players, even if English based players are, and will continue to be over-priced and valued.

One club hoping to hang onto the crown jewel of their academy not just this summer but into future seasons is Championship side Leeds United, and midfielder Lewis Cook.

The teenager burst onto the scene last season, becoming a regular starter for Leeds, taking on all comers with his battling displays in a defensive midfield role.

Fortunately for the Whites, Cook signed a new deal before the transfer window even opened this summer, committing his future until 2017, the same year Sterling's Liverpool contract was set to expire.

The Telegraph had reported in early May that Aston Villa and Newcastle United were both looking at Cook, an England under-19 international.

If Sterling is worth just short of £50 million, there is a fair argument to make that Cook's value is upwards of £10 million, and even in the region of £15 million.

Leeds fans will no doubt say that Cook is priceless, but even Liverpool have learned of late that every player has a price.

The Yorkshire side sold Fabian Delph to Aston Villa for £8 million back in 2009. Cook is comparable, but considering the way Sterling's sale has altered the market, would Leeds be within their rights to demand double if a Premier League side were to come knocking?

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