David Prutton not surprised Lewis Cook left Leeds United this summer

David Prutton  - Leeds United

The former Leeds player believes staying at Leeds is not a simple choice under the current ownership.

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

Leeds United were dealt a blow this summer when they lost one of their top talents in the form of Lewis Cook.

Cook joined Bournemouth in a deal reported by The Guardian to be worth up to £10 million – depending on potential bonuses and add-ons.

Leeds United's Lewis Cook in action with Watford's Troy DeeneyLeeds United's Lewis Cook in action with Watford's Troy Deeney

The move left many Leeds fans upset and disappointed with the player for leaving Elland Road ahead of an exciting season under Garry Monk.

Others however understood his departure. One former player who is part of that thinking is David Prutton.

Prutton, who spent three years with Leeds, told Sky Sports News HQ today (05/08/16) that he understood why young players would leave Leeds United under the current ownership:

David Prutton  - Leeds UnitedDavid Prutton - Leeds United

“It’s huge (losing Lewis Cook) but those two in Byram and Cook were mooted transfers for a very long time. It took a while to come to fruition but you perhaps sensed that with the inconsistencies in the way the club is run they were always going to be looking for pastures new to try and prolong their career.”

He also made it clear that he feels the only reason more players have not left Leeds this summer, is because of Monk’s appointment.

“I think with Garry Monk coming in it might have stopped a certain degree of player wanting to leave because if I was a player I’d want to play with Garry Monk and see what all the fuss is about.”

West Ham's Sam Byram receives instructionsWest Ham's Sam Byram receives instructions

Cook’s departure was no doubt a bid blow but considering the fact his contract negotiations were seemingly going nowhere and with the constant changes of management at the club keeping Cook was always going to be hard for Leeds this summer.

Monk has done his best to replace him with the loan signing of Matt Grimes and Leeds fans will just hope that is enough to fill the void.

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