Andy Hinchcliffe makes bold claim about Leeds United trio Mowatt, Byram and Cook

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Leeds United have a great selection of young players impressing in their first-team.

Alex Mowatt, Sam Byram and Lewis Cook are all central players with Leeds, and pundit Andy Hinchcliffe has told Sky Sports that the trio undoubtedly have the talent to play at the higher level of the Premier League.

He said: “There is no doubt that Alex Mowatt can play at a higher level. If you look at the young players they are bringing though at Leeds - Lewis Cook, Sam Byram, Alex Mowatt - they just needed a run of games, and that is what Mowatt is getting now. Mowatt is an all-round good player, as are most of the young players at Leeds. All three could play at a higher level.”

Mowatt, Byram and Cook are three of the most highly rated young players in English football, and it is expected that they will play in the Premier League before too long.

Cook has performed solidly since breaking onto the scene last season, although Mowatt and Byram had been struggling this season prior to the appointment of Steve Evans.

Mowatt had found himself out of the starting XI during the latter days of Uwe Rosler’s reign as head coach, whilst Byram was completely out of the matchday squads under the German boss.

Both have come back into the side since Evans was named head coach, and Mowatt especially is impressing and looks back to the kind of form he showed last season.

They are getting a run of games in a team that is performing well, and this can only be a positive factor on their development over the coming months.

Hinchcliffe believes that all three of Mowatt, Byram and Cook are good enough to play at a higher level, and the worry for Leeds is that, if the trio continue to play so well, they will lose the academy graduates to the Premier League before the Yorkshire club have got back to the top flight.

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