Greg Abbott speaks on Taylor, Lewis Cook futures

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The Whites could struggle to keep one, if not both, of their prized assets.

Speaking to TV Yorkshire, Greg Abbott has suggested that Leeds United defender Charlie Taylor is ready for the Premier League, but says midfielder Lewis Cook needs another season in the Championship before he makes the step up.

Taylor, 22, was voted as the Whites Player of the Year, while 19-year-old Cook picked up the Football League's Young Player of the Year, edging out the likes of Fulham's Moussa Dembele to land the coveted award.

By virtue of the fact they have enjoyed strong seasons at Elland Road, it has been suggested that the top flight awaits them, with Cook, in particular, attracting interest amid speculation linking him to Eddie Howe's Bournemouth this summer (The Mail).

But Taylor has arguably been the more consistent of the pair this season, and bagged another assist with an inch-perfect free kick which Sol Bamba headed home in Saturday's 2-1 home defeat by Charlton, and Abbott feels that he, rather than Cook, is ready for the step up in class.

He told TV Yorkshire: "I think it is for Charlie Taylor [a massive summer]. I'll be very surprised if they don't get a bid for him - and to be fair Lewie [Cook] as well.

"But Charlie, for me, can go straight into a Premier League side and play, hit the ground running. It wouldn't be a problem.

"Lewie might have an in-and-out season if he goes [to the top flight] for me. Another 45 games for a side that will be challenging at the top half of this division would probably be the best bet for him."

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