Former Leeds United academy coach Steve Holmes explained on the West Yorkshire Sport Daily show on BBC Radio Leeds (broadcast from 6pm, July 8, 2016) where Lewis Cook needs to improve.
Holmes worked with Cook for a number of years at Leeds’s academy. The 19-year-old left the Championship club for Premier League outfit Bournemouth last week.
The former Leeds coach has backed the 19-year-old midfielder to succeed at the Vitality Stadium, and he has also given him some sound advice.
“I think he plays the game at 100 miles an hour,” said Holmes on the West Yorkshire Sport Daily show on BBC Radio Leeds (broadcast from 6pm, July 8, 2016) when asked where Cook can improve.
“I think he knows that. He is one of them who plays forward, he tries to take players on, he has got massive ability, he has got massive belief in his ability.
“In my opinion, he will probably learn a hell of a lot where he is going, with the coaches that he is going to be working with.
“If there is any improvements to be made, it might be just to teach him when to slow the game down and when to speed it up rather than everything being quick, but it works for him. They might like that.”
Cook is one of the best and most promising young players in England, and the move to Bournemouth is certainly deserved.
It is not easy for any young player to make the step up from the Championship to the Premier League, but Bournemouth fans should be optimistic.
During the 2015-16 season, Cook scored one goal and created 46 chances in 42 Championship appearances for Leeds.
The young midfielder had a pass accuracy of 79% and a shot accuracy of 31%, and won 26 headers, 50 dribbles and 62 tackles.
Working with a young and dynamic manager like Eddie Howe is only going to help Cook progress and develop.