Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan urges club to give Charlie Taylor and Lewis Cook new deals

Lewis Cook

The pair are entering the final year of their respective contracts.

Leeds United played their final game of the season at Elland Road yesterday but could not give the fans the win they craved.

Instead Leeds suffered a 2-1 defeat against already relegated Charlton Athletic at home and it summed up their difficult and inconsistent performances at home in the Championship this season.

The club are now looking to the summer and questions are continuing to be asked about the future of manager Steve Evans – who looks like being let go by Massimo Cellino.

But former Leeds striker Noel Whelan has also pointed out that Leeds need to sort out the contracts for young stars Charlie Taylor and Lewis Cook.

The two players are both about to enter the final year of their respective contracts at the club and Noel Whelan told BBC Radio Leeds of his concern regarding the pair:

“Would you want Charlie Taylor and Lewis Cook going into this summer with one year left on their contract?

“Knowing that during that time there might be some discussions between their agents and other clubs.

“Because the longer it goes on the harder it is going to be to sign these boys.”

Of course Leeds ended up in this position before with Sam Byram and the full-back ended up moving to West Ham in January.

Leeds fans know that the likes of Bournemouth have been linked with Cook whilst Crystal Palace are said to be keen on Taylor.

Taylor and Cook have been two of Leeds’ best players this season and if they move on from the club then Leeds fans will be extremely unhappy.

But with Leeds seemingly struggling to tie them down to a new deal, and the history of Byram not exactly a ringing endorsement, Leeds fans will no doubt expect the worse.

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