Do Leeds United already have Lewis Cook's replacement in 20-year-old academy ace Kalvin Phillips?

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

Can Kalvin Phillips fill the void left by Lewis Cook?

Leeds United’s Lewis Cook scores their first goalLeeds United’s Lewis Cook scores their first goal

Losing Lewis Cook to Bournemouth was a blow to Leeds United, who will be looking at ways they can possibly replace the England youth international.

Fans are itching to see the club spend the money received for Cook's sale on a replacement, but the longer they go without doing so, the more they will be forced to consider the options already at their disposal.

One possibility is giving a larger role to 20-year-old midfielder Kalvin Phillips, who has been on the fringes of the first team for the last 18 months.

Bakary Sako of Wolverhampton Wanderers in action with Scott Wootton (R), Luke Murphy (C) and Kalvin Phillips of Leeds UnitedBakary Sako of Wolverhampton Wanderers in action with Scott Wootton (R), Luke Murphy (C) and Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United

Phillips was handed his debut at the end of the 2014/15 season by Neil Redfearn when Lewis Cook was out injured, after consistently impressive displays for the under-21s.

He made an immediate impact, getting on the scoresheet, and did not look out of place mixing it in the Championship.

So last season was a disappointment, largely a forgotten figure on the bench or back with the under-21s, as Leeds looked to loanees Tom Adeyemi and Liam Bridcutt instead.

This was fine in the short-term but Phillips is no better off, and now has a huge month ahead of him to convince new head coach Garry Monk he is capable of making a step up.

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

Phillips surely knows that another season out of the first team picture could see him fail to make the grade at Leeds, and he cannot afford a wasted year.

He plays with the same aggressive midfield style as Lewis Cook, and deserves a run in the team to show what he is really about. 

His under-21 displays suggest he has an eye for a spectacular goal as well, and if he can make good on his potential, then Leeds might just find they have a ready made replacement for Lewis Cook... even if fans would be more comfortable heading into the season with a new signing on board.

Swansea City manager Garry MonkWill new Leeds manager Garry Monk show faith in Kalvin Phillips?

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