Leeds United ace Lewis Cook betters QPR's 17-cap Brazil international Sandro in five key areas

Elland Road Revie Stand

Queens Park Rangers host Leeds United at Loftus Road this weekend.

Queens Park Rangers host Leeds United this weekend in an intriguing Championship clash in which both teams could do with a victory in order to get back on track.

Rangers have failed to find the net in their last four matches and recently opted to release boss Chris Ramsey of his duties, appointing Neil Warnock as his short-term successor.

Leeds on the other hand have made an inconsistent start under new boss Steve Evans, with successive league victories ended by a disappointing home defeat to Rotherham United last weekend.

The Yorkshire outfit will be keen to bounce back and one player who could be integral to their hopes of claiming victory at Loftus Road is young midfielder Lewis Cook.

  Tackles per GameInterceptions per GameDef Duels Won per GameBall Recoveries per GameTouches per GameAccurate Passes per GameKey Passes per GameAppearances
Lewis Cook 1.86 1.21 5.93 6.57 55.86 30.5 1.14 14
Sandro 1.6 1.4 8.6 5.2 41.8 22.8 0.6 5

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the 18-year-old has been superb for the Whites this season and outshines upcoming rival Sandro in as many as five key areas.

Cook averages more tackles, ball recoveries, touches, accurate passes and chances created via key passes per Championship encounter than Sandro.

His performances are all the more impressive considering his age and the fact he betters a 17-cap Brazil international who once cost Tottenham Hotspur an eight-figure fee is some going.

Cook is certainly destined for big things in the future, and if reports in the Daily Star are true then he is already attracting interest from the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United.

In the present, though, boss Steve Evans will be hopeful his young midfielder can maintain his top form and help the Elland Road side pick up a similar result to their last away game at Huddersfield Town.

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