The Leeds United youngster has been talking as his suspension comes to an end.
Since that incident the 18-year-old has sat out matches against Reading, Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday, but following an outing for Leeds’ under-21s Cook is now ready to return…if he is called upon.
In truth the teenager’s talent is such that manager Uwe Rosler will surely select him as soon as he is able, but Cook is not taking that for granted, and rightly so.
Kalvin Phillips has come in and done a great job in Cook’s absence and that is something the latter acknowledged in an interview with BBC Radio Leeds.
“Yeah Kalvin’s done great,” he said, “there’s a lot of midfielders and there’s a fight on our hands to claim that spot.”
Speaking about Luke Murphy, who recently returned from injury, Cook said, “He scored a great goal today, back at his best, I think. Luke can walk straight back in, anyone can really if they put their mind to it. Like I said, the depth in the squad of midfielders is really big.”
Cook enjoyed his breakthrough campaign last season, making 38 senior appearances and looking every inch a star in the making. But he will know he has to keep improving under Rosler and he explained what his new manager has asked of him.
“He wants me a bit more forward, scoring a few more goals,” Cook added, “hopefully I can do that and push on.”
If he does, there is no telling how good Leeds’ crown jewel can become in the years ahead.