Steve Evans shares his concern about Leeds teenage talent

Lewis Cook

Leeds United head coach Steve Evans does not want Lewis Cook to play too many minutes on England duty.

Leeds United head coach Steve Evans has told The Yorkshire Evening Post that he does not want Lewis Cook to play too much on international duty.

Cook has been called up to the England Under-19 squad for upcoming European qualifiers against Georgia, Greece and Spain.

Evans has made it clear that he does not want the 19-year-old midfielder to feature in all of those matches due to fears over burn-out.

“Cooky’s scheduled for three games,” the Leeds head coach told The Yorkshire Evening Post. “I’ve already made a request that we don’t send this boy into three games.

“They’re big games for England at that level and I appreciate the task those guys have got but we’ve got a young boy here who we’ve put on the bench for the right reasons. I’d expect England to be looking at that closely and dealing with it.

“Hopefully he goes away, gets a game and a half or whatever it is, and comes back ready for more action at Leeds United.”

Cook is one of the better players in the current Leeds squad and is one of the more promising youngsters in the Championship.

The 19-year-old midfielder is a regular for the West Yorkshire outfit and has played 33 league games so far this season.

The England Under-19 international has scored one goal and created 34 chances, has a pass accuracy of 80% and a shot accuracy of 27%, and has won 21 headers, 39 dribbles and 53 tackles.

Leeds are 13th in the Championship table at the moment with 47 points from 37 matches.

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