Adam Armstrong says England Under-19s teammate Lewis Cook can do everything in midfield

Lewis Cook

The Newcastle United striker says the Leeds United star is an "all-round midfielder" who has every key attribute.

Newcastle United striker Adam Armstrong has hailed Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook, telling BBC's Match of the Day Magazine that his England youth teammate is an "all-round midfielder" who can do everything.

Cook won the Football League Young Player of the Year award in recognition of a superb second season in the Whites first team during which he scored twice in 47 games as he established himself as an integral player under Steve Evans.

Meanwhile, Armstrong was named in the PFA League One Team of the Year after scoring 20 goals in 40 third-tier matches during a season on loan at Coventry City.

The Newcastle teenager was also voted by readers of the magazine as the Football League Superstar of the Future after Cook had led the vote, and whilst he joked he would be giving Cook some stick at the next England Under-19s camp, he was quick to highlight what makes his international teammate such a star.

Armstrong told the magazine: "We're best mates actually. He’s been flying as well with Leeds. I’ll have a little bit of banter with him about this when I see him at the next England U19 camp!

"I’ve played with him since [England] U16s, I think in the Victory Shield when I was there, he was playing with the year above but then he came and joined us at a tournament when we went with the U16s and I’ve played with him ever since.

"I’ve played with him a lot of times now and he’s a lad you want in your midfield, he works hard, he can do the defensive jobs, he can do the attacking jobs. He’s just an all-round midfielder who has a lot of technique and he can score goals as well!"

Cook and Armstrong were certainly two of the hottest talents in the Football League this term, and may come up against each other next season in the Championship with Armstrong returning to relegated Newcastle this summer.

However, that will only happen if Leeds manage to fend off inevitable interest in one of their most prized assets, with a host of clubs likely to be keen to snap up Cook, who by winning the Football League award has replicated the achievement of such stars as Gareth Bale and Dele Alli.

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