Greg Abbott has advice for Steve Evans, comments on Leeds striker

Lewis Cook

Greg Abbott comments on the performances of Lewis Cook and Mirco Antenucci for Leeds United against Burnley in the Championship at the weekend.

Greg Abbott has suggested on TV Yorkshire that Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook should not be played in a number 10 role.

Cook was deployed in that role during the West Yorkshire outfit’s Championship game against Burnley away from home at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon.

Former Leeds coach Abbott was not impressed with the performance of the 19-year-old in that role.

The former Hull City man has suggested that Leeds head coach Steve Evans should play Cook from the deep.

“I didn’t see enough,” Abbott told TV Yorkshire when intimated that Evans was pleased with Cook’s performance in the number 10 role. “To be fantastic in that role, you are making and creating goals, and scoring goals.

“I didn’t see that. I think he is better coming from deep with energy. He gets forward and he is harder to pick up like that, but everybody sees it all different. I just think he needs to be involved in everything.”

Against Burnley on Saturday afternoon, Cook took one shot, had a pass accuracy of 83%, created five chances, attempted one dribble, and made one clearance and five blocks.

Abbott may not have been too impressed with the performance of Cook, but he was certainly pleased with the display of 31-year-old Italian striker Mirco Antenucci.

“When he is in that sort of form and that attitude, he is an absolute handful,” said Abbott about Antenucci.

Antenucci came on as a substitute midway through the second half against Burnley, and took one shot, had a pass accuracy of 90%, created one chance, put in one cross, and attempted one dribble.

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