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Cook explains where he's been impressed by Leeds' under-21s

Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook feels there are two impressive elements to the club's current under-21 side.

Leeds United first team star Lewis Cook told the club’s official website that there were two areas he was impressed with during the under-21 side’s win against Sheffield United earlier this week.

Cook got some much needed match minutes under his belt following a suspension for a red card and certain elements of the youth team’s performance during the victory impressed him.

“Especially in the first half I thought we really dictated the play. As a team we looked comfortable on the ball,” he told leedsunited.com.

“We came out a bit slow in the second half and they got the goal but we showed that grit and determination to win the game.”

Why the youngsters are so important at Leeds

The strength of the youth system at Leeds is obvious and it’s a good source of new players for Uwe Rosler to draw on.

Leeds are no longer under a transfer embargo, but they aren’t in a position where they can throw an endless amount of cash at new players.

That means the youngsters in the academy ranks become more important and need to perform at a very high level so they are ready to make that transition into the first team.

The youngsters are also very important in terms of ensuring that the connection between the club’s fans and players is maintained, because they grow up understanding what it means to play for Leeds United.

It’s one of the main reasons Leeds are so well supported at home and on the road and that definitely needs to continue.

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