Keeping Lewis Cook: Leeds United's priority has taken on increased urgency

With Premier League sides Everton and Stoke linked with Lewis Cook, it has become more important than ever for Leeds to tie him to a new deal.

Leeds United may be meandering aimlessly towards the end of the season, but there is important work which needs to be done over the next few weeks off the field.

A report in The Sun at the weekend claimed Premier League sides Everton and Stoke City are both keenly monitoring midfielder Lewis Cook, not put off by a reported £10 million price tag.

Come the summer, speculation is likely to go into overdrive, and Leeds need to make sure it does not get to this point.

The reason he is such an interesting target is not just due to his outstanding potential, but that he has just one year remaining on his contract.

Leeds fans saw how a failure to renew Sam Byram's deal played out, with the defender losing form early this season before impressing in the run-up to the transfer window and leaving for just £3.7 million to sign for West Ham.

Cook is arguably the most talented youngster Leeds have produced for years, with a better all round game than Byram, Alex Mowatt, and Charlie Taylor.

Leeds left him out against Huddersfield in their last game and lost 4-1, a result which was no coincidence.

Whatever happens between now and the end of the season, with anywhere from 11th to 18th positions looking conceivable, none of it matters if the club cannot renew Cook's deal.

Failing to do so would cast a shadow over their own attempts to improve the club in the summer, and leave them trying to rebuild if he is sold.


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