Lewis Cook discusses playing as a number 10 for Leeds

Lewis Cook

Lewis Cook was used as a number 10 as Leeds defeated Bolton Wanderers.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Lewis Cook has discussed being utilised as a number 10 by Steve Evans, having been played in that role in the FA Cup win over Bolton.

Cook said: “I don’t really mind where I play but it’s good to play in different positions. I want to improve my game in any way I can. It (number 10) is a bit different to playing in a two or even deeper. My game’s got to expand. It’s a bit of a free role and I like that. I can try to express myself. Hopefully, I’ll start creating a bit more and scoring some more. That’s what I’d like to do.”

Cook was pushed further forward in the midfielder by Evans for the FA Cup tie against Bolton, and Leeds played some of their best football of the season in that game.

The young midfielder was utilised as a number 10, playing ahead of Toumani Diagouraga and Liam Bridcutt in holding roles.

Cook impressed, and although playing as an attacker is not his natural game, the teenage talent looks to be developing his all round game.

Cook himself has admitted that he wants to become a more versatile midfielder, adding more goals and creativity to his game, and playing in a more advanced role makes this improvement imperative.

He will have to improve as an attacker to ensure he retains his place in the starting XI in this advanced role, and it will only aid the youngster as he develops into a top class player.

Cook has already shown a wealth of talent in his early career, and he sounds keen to keep improving into an all-round better player over the coming years.

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