Cook is a standout player in the current Leeds United squad, developing to a point where he became un-droppable under the guidance of former manager Neil Redfearn.
Cook picked up a small injury, which halted his progress towards the end of the last campaign, but he’s confirmed that he’s over the issue and looking forward as he aims to develop and go again when the Championship returns in under one month.
“Yeah, it was a frustrating time but I played lots of games and I’d never played that many games so it was a bit easier to deal with and I’d enjoyed my football – I wish I hadn’t got injured but I’ve gotten over it and I’ve got to carry on,” he told Radio Yorkshire.
Why is Cook so important for Uwe Rosler?
Cook is a vital part of the squad for new manager Uwe Rosler, who will likely build his midfield around the youngster over the course of the next campaign.
He’s an experienced Championship player despite his age and knows how to get the best out of himself in a very competitive division, with an enthusiasm and attitude, which makes him someone that a lot of youngsters should be looking to emulate.
Cook’s calmness and composure also makes him an important player in terms of the way he controls big games.
He doesn’t get flustered easily and that means he can handle possession under pressure, making few mistakes in the key moments of big games.
The challenge for Rosler is helping him maintain his consistency, while also challenging him to develop new parts to his game.