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Don Goodman surprised Leeds United kept hold of Lewis Cook

Leeds United's Lewis Cook has developed a reputation as one of the finest youngsters in the country.

Don Goodman has told Sky Sports, during their coverage of Leeds United’s match against Blackburn Rovers on Thursday, that he was surprised the Whites managed to keep hold of Lewis Cook during the summer transfer window.

The youngster was linked to the likes of Manchester United in the Daily Star over the summer, but he ultimately remained at Elland Road.

And Goodman was surprised by the 18-year-old’s commitment, as he believes the central midfielder has the potential to play at the very top of the game.

"Lewis Cook is one of the biggest young talents in English football, as far as I'm concerned," he said. "I'm really surprised that Leeds managed to hang on to him over the summer, so big a future do I believe he has got in the game."

Cook has arguably been Leeds’ best player to date this season, and he is widely regarded as the finest talent to come out of their youth system in a number of years.

The midfielder is blessed with a wonderful first touch and passing ability, while he has also shown that he is not afraid of the physical battle.

New Leeds boss Steve Evans, rather surprisingly, has used Cook in a left-wing position in his first few matches in charge, and he hasn’t looked quite as effective in that unfamiliar role.

Cook wasn't as involved as normal on Thursday evening, when Leeds lost 2-0 to Blackburn Rovers to leave the club still searching for their first home win of the season.

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