Cook is one of the most talented players in the current Leeds midfield and he faces a big challenge next season to build on the consistency and quality he showed under Neil Redfearn for the large part, in the last campaign.
“To say it was my first season, the only thing I didn’t get was a goal. I don’t really know how to explain it. It was on my mind to try and score a few but it never quite happened,” Cook is quoted by the Yorkshire Post.
“I wouldn’t say it was down to confidence. I just wasn’t quite there if that makes sense. But I’m learning from that and this season I want to get a few goals.”
If it’s not broken, don’t fix it
There is an argument which exists to suggest that Cook shouldn’t be proactive in terms of looking to add goals to his game.
His quality comes from his ability to break up the play effectively and control possession for Leeds, which allows them to pile pressure onto their opposition in the key moments of big games.
For someone so young, he’s got a remarkable level of maturity which will be important in a developing youthful side.
The encouraging aspect of Cook’s comments
The encouraging thing is that Cook is thinking about ways he can get better, regardless of whether he should be looking to score more or not.
It’s encouraging that he feels that level of responsibility on a personal level to try and change and it’s the job of Uwe Rosler and key players at Leeds to urge him to focus on what he’s already good at, if the coach wants the midfield goals to continue coming from someone like Alex Mowatt.