Leeds United boss Uwe Rosler comments on decision to play Lewis Cook out wide

Uwe Rosler

Leeds United head coach Uwe Rosler has defended his decision to play Lewis Cook in a wide role.

Leeds United put in a poor display once again at Elland Road, losing 1-0 to Ipswich Town.

After a positive impact at the weekend, Mirco Antenucci and Luke Murphy were brought into start, with Sam Byram and Alex Mowatt left out.

With Antenucci moved up front rather than on the wing, the responsibility of playing out wide fell on Lewis Cook, with Tom Adeyemi and Luke Murphy centrally.

Speaking after the game to BBC Radio Leeds, head coach Uwe Rosler sought to defend the decision, suggesting he intended on playing a narrow team against Ipswich in any case.

He said: "We wanted Lewis to start wide and drift in between the lines. We knew Lewis would play the majority of this game in the middle of the pitch, its where he was most effective. I felt it was a decent plan. Ipswich do not let you play."

The decision raised eyebrows, but Cook did not let himself down, with the teenager putting in another fully committed display.

He had more shots at goal than any other player, although none hit the target, while his two tackles made was equal to Tom Adeyemi and bettered by no other Leeds midfielder. He also picked up a booking too, with three fouls made.

What the selection did re-emphasise, was the lack of wide options Leeds have, exposed by Sam Byram's poor form and summer signing Jordan Botaka still to prove his fitness.

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