Manchester United may want him but Lewis Cook should stay at Leeds

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The Leeds United player has been linked with Manchester United, but he would be foolish to move there at this stage of his career.

According to a recent report from ESPN, Manchester United are stepping up their interest in Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook, but as things stand Louis van Gaal’s side simply do not need the teenager, while he is unlikely to move on to a side where first-team chances will be few and far between.

There is no doubting Cook’s talent – he is rightly regarded as one of the best central midfielders in the Championship – and at just 18 he has a very bright future in the game.

But United currently have Michael Carrick, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini as midfield options, while their next generation will be chomping at the bit to show what they can do, with Andreas Pereira the pick of the bunch.

With 52 first-team appearances for Leeds already, Cook will not want to join a club where he is likely to spend a lot of time on the bench, and why should he?

Since bursting on to the scene last season, Cook has proved categorically that he is a vital player for Leeds’ first-team and – at this rate – a future superstar for both club and country.

Manchester United may well be sniffing around because Cook’s performances will have attracted the interest of a whole host of top flight clubs, but the teenager has time on his side and he should continue his development at Leeds.

But it is just as important that the Whites do not seek to cash-in on their prized asset, because his availability and increasing influence is far more valuable than a cheque with a few additional zeros.

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