Leeds United youngster Lewis Cook has explained he feels his performances for the England under-17 side during the summer played a part in helping Leeds understand him as a player.
England’s youngsters won the under-17 Euros, with Cook a key part of the successful side before his superb start to the season in the Leeds United first team.
“It was great – I’ll always remember that and it was good for me,” he said in an exclusive interview for rightinthegarykellys.com.
“I think that helped me get into the first team a bit – Eyes on me and helping them (Leeds) to understand who I am a bit more.”
“It was great winning a trophy and it gave me a bit more confidence for the season coming up.”
Cook has developed into one of the most important players in the middle of Leeds’ team quickly, starting all but four games he’s featured in during the Championship season so far.
The obvious worry for Neil Redfearn, who oversaw his progress as a scholar, was always going to be how he’d handle the physical nature of the division and the pressure of playing for such a big club.
On the physical side of things, he’s coped well with enough about him in terms of speed and touch to make sure he doesn’t get physically clattered against teams that use less refined tactics when they come up against Leeds.
In terms of the pressure, Redfearn is key in his development because he knows when to step in and protect younger players and when to let them off the leash to enjoy the limelight.
This was always going to be an important season for Cook’s development and his confidence will be high as he’s backed up that successful summer with England.
He’s well supported by Leeds’ immense fan base and his stock is only going to rise once the club breaks into, and stays in, the top half of the championship table.