Leeds United boss Steve Evans praises Lewis Cook

Elland Road East Stand

Lewis Cook has been a key player for Leeds United so far this season.

Leeds United boss Steve Evans has told Radio Yorkshire that as an opposition manager he never used to like Lewis Cook.

Evans knew all about Cook’s talents prior to taking over at Elland Road, as he had come up against him during his time at Rotherham United.

Cook had tormented the Millers, and Evans admits that he used to dislike coming up against the 19-year-old, as he was so hard to stop. 

Cook was at his dazzling best in Leeds’ 2-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers last night, but word of his talent is now starting to get around.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe was in the stands, and he is believed to have been scouting to 19-year-old. And Evans refused to be drawn when quizzed on Cook’s future.

“That lies with other people,” he said, when asked about Eddie Howe’s attendance at Elland Road.

“All I can do is work with the staff. We’ve got fantastic players and he’s an exceptional talent. As an opposition manager, I didn’t like him because I knew the problems that he could cause.”

Cook recently won the Football League Young Player of the Year award, in recognition of his stellar form.

The England youth international has suggested that he wants to play in the Premier League with Leeds, but there are still doubts over his future.

Cook is likely to be one of the most in demand players in the Football League in the summer, and Leeds’ resolve is set to be tested as their look to hold on to their prized asset.

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