Redfearn bemoans Leeds decision to sell Cook

Leeds manager Neil Redfearn looks on ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Leeds United at Madejski Stadium on February 10, 2015 in Reading, England.

Neil Redfearn managed Leeds United during 2014-15 after three caretaker spells in charge.

Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Leeds United at Amex Stadium on February 24, 2015 in Brighton, England.

Former Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has told Radio Yorkshire that the Whites should have kept hold of midfielder Lewis Cook as he believes he was "the way forward".

Cook, 20, joined Premier League side Bournemouth in the summer of 2016 from the Yorkshire giants for a fee reportedly worth £10million, and has since broken into Eddie Howe's first team this season.

The Leeds academy product even earned an England call-up during the recent international break, but was an unused substitute against Brazil during the Three Lions' 0-0 draw.

Lewis Cook of Leeds United and Etienne Capoue of Watford compete for the ball during the Emirates FA Cup fifth round match  between Watford and Leeds United at Vicarage Road on February 20,...

Redfearn, who nurtured Cook through the Elland Road academy system at Thorp Arch before managing the youngster at senior Leeds level, believes the Whites would be a better side if they had kept Cook.

The 52-year-old former boss also considered Cook's England chances after his call-up, claiming he will be given a second bite at the cherry to shine for Gareth Southgate's side.

"He's a fantastic talent," Redfearn said. "The lad has moved on whatever reason, but it is a shame for Leeds because I think if Leeds could have kept hold of a player such as Lewis Cook, for me, that was the way forward.

"These are quality players, and quality people. They've been brought up the right way. I think his chance will come [for England], if you look at Dom Solanke who came on, Cook has played quite a few Premier League games now.

"I think his chance will come."

England's player Lewis Cook speaks during a press conference ahead of the U-20 World Cup final football match between Venezuela and England in Suwon on June 10, 2017.

Cook managed 85 appearances for the Whites in all competitions after making his Leeds debut in August 2014 under Dave Hockaday, before being sold two years later.

The youngster's defining moment of his short career is likely to be holding aloft the Under-20's World Cup trophy in South Korea this summer, after captaining Paul Simpson's side to success.

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