Bournemouth fans slam Lewis Cook; was Leeds United exit a mistake?

Leeds fans celebrate their team's victory during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on November 29, 2014 in Leeds, England.

Lewis Cook really struggled as Bournemouth were thumped at home by Liverpool - perhaps he should've stayed with Leeds United a little longer.

Lewis Cook of Leeds United FC controls the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Big things were expected of Lewis Cook when Bournemouth handed the midfielder his chance in the Premier League, paying Leeds United an initial £6 million for his signature, according to The Guardian.

By the midway point of his second season at the Vitality Stadium, however, Cherries fans are still yet to see why Leeds supporters believed Cook was one of the most talented young midfielders in English football.

Injury ruined his first season on the South Coast. And while there have been some shoots of recovery this season, Cook was even awarded a maiden England call-up in Gareth Southgate’s experimental squad for the clashes with Germany and Brazil, the 20-year-old still appears to be performing well below expectations.

Lewis Cook of AFC Bournemouth in action with Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Roberto Firmino of Liverpool during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and...

And there was no shortage of fans questioning his inclusion after Bournemouth were dismantled 4-0 at home by a Philippe Coutinho-inspired Liverpool on Sunday afternoon. Cook struggled from the off and lost possession on countless occasions.

There’s an argument to be made, then, that perhaps the Premier League came too soon. Like fellow Leeds graduate Sam Byram, who still finds himself out of favour at West Ham, Cook got his big break very early with just a smattering of first-team appearances under his belt.

Lewis Cook of AFC Bournemouth in action during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Leicester City at Vitality Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Bournemouth, England.

Any Leeds fans watching on would have struggled to recognise a nervous and error-ridden performance on their one-time wonderkid.

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