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Lewis Cook will be Leeds' most important player after the international break

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The Leeds playmaker has plenty of responsibility despite his young years.

Lewis Cook could well be Leeds United's most important player in the games that follow the international break.

Indeed, from next weekend onward, the Whites face Brighton, Fulham and then Bolton. During all three, a strong creative force will be needed from midfield.

Leeds have lacked ideas in the middle of the park of late and that's where 18-year-old Cook can come in over the next few weeks.

The youngster was often United's driving force last term and, if the playmaker can step it up a level, there is no one better placed to reinject some drive at Elland Road.

Cook was able to register an assist for England's Under-19s on Saturday afternoon - and that was on a mightily bad pitch.

A lot will, of course, depend on boss Uwe Rosler and how he uses the Leeds playmaker. There may be a slight question mark over whether he uses him in the first place, with the German promising changes after the 2-0 home defeat to Birmingham City.

But, if faith is placed in Cook, his role is a pivotal one for Leeds. In the heart of midfield, the 18-year-old can create and decide games. Sam Byram is currently out of favour and Alex Mowatt has lacked an edge.

Despite being so young, then, Cook will be vital to United's cause if he steps it up over the coming weeks.

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