Lewis Cook replacements? Three Leeds United youngsters who now need to step-up

Lewis Cook of Leeds United in action with Henri Lansbury of Nottingham Forest

Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook is said to be close to a move to Bournemouth.

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With Lewis Cook set to leave Leeds United, we take look at three youngsters currently at Elland Road, who now need to step up and take their chance.

Alex Mowatt

Leeds' Alex Mowatt on the bench

For a stage, Mowatt was considered to be in the elite of Leeds United youngsters - and there was talk of his career going in the same direction of the likes of Cook’s, Sam Byram’s and Charlie Taylor’s.

Mowatt scored nine Championship goals in the 2014/15 campaign, and he looked ready to make a huge impression last term.

However, the midfielder failed to take his opportunity. Mowatt fell out of favour at Elland Road, and only scored twice across the course of last term.

The 21-year-old now needs to step up, as Leeds look to cover the void that Cook’s departure leaves in their midfield.

Kalvin Phillips

Reading’s Danny Williams and Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips in action

Phillips has been on the verge of a breakthrough at Leeds for some time, but he has not yet established himself in the starting line-up.

Phillips was handed a number of opportunities while Neil Redfearn was in charge, but he only played a handful of games last season.

The starlet’s route to the first team is clearer without Cook, though, and if he can have an impressive pre-season he could force his way into Garry Monk’s plans.

Ronaldo Vieira

Vieira is the most raw of the aforementioned Leeds youngsters, but he is also a major talent.

The Guinea Bissau-born prospect was handed his debut for Leeds last term, and he now needs to push on.

Vieira is still only 17-years-old, but Cook was not much older than that when he broke through at Elland Road.

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