Lewis Cook has not had too many opportunities at Bournemouth to show the talent that had some Leeds United fans tipping him for a starring role in future England sides.
The 20-year-old missed almost the entirety of his debut season with injury after that £6 million move from Elland Road in the summer of 2016, as reported by the Mail. But he is now starting to find his feet under Eddie Howe and saved his best performance in a Bournemouth shirt for a daunting trip to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
We can probably close the upset of the season poll. Chelsea 0-3 Bournemouth is not a scoreline anyone expected to see this week, especially with the Cherries struggling for form and goals throughout the season.
But the fact that Bournemouth pulled off arguably the greatest result in their history is thanks in part to a superb midfield performance by the instrumental Cook.
Up against Ross Barkley and Tiemoue Bakayoko, Cook dominated the centre of the park. Even the omnipresent N’Golo Kante looked somewhat human in the presence of the England Under-20 World Cup winning captain.
No wonder Leeds fans are feeling a little brittle this morning, after Cardiff City paid Bolton the same fee for Gary Madine that Bournemouth splashed out bringing Cook to the Vitality Stadium.
Lewis Cook tearing it up at Stamford Bridge. To think there was #lufc fans out there who couldn’t see how good he was. Easily one of the best products ever from the Leeds academy.— Thomas Bradley (@TBradley23) January 31, 2018
Imagine his worth now.— Leo (@DirtyLeedsLeo) January 31, 2018
One of the best players we’ve had for a very long time. Tragic that we sold him— FOREVER LEEDS (@FOREVERLEEDSMOT) January 31, 2018
It’s infuriating to see. He is absolute mustard!!!!— Harrygoodfella (@harrygoodfella1) January 31, 2018
Reading Chelsea fans moaning about Lewis Cook destroying their midfield #lufc— Reverend Anderson Molenaar III (@RevAMol) February 1, 2018
Did we sell him for the same price as Gary Madine? Please say no— Codger (LUFC) (@Codger1990) January 31, 2018
Lewis Cook must be playing well! Chelsea 0 Bournemouth 3. #lufc— Mike Dibble (@mike_dibble) January 31, 2018
Plenty of praise for former #LUFC midfielder Lewis Cook's performance last night.— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) February 1, 2018
He covered 12.35km for Bournemouth last night, more than any Chelsea player. He also made 5 interceptions, more than any other player on the pitch. #afcb pic.twitter.com/VVvIwZ3XPQ
At the Chelsea game tonight and watching Lewis Cook boss Kante and Bakayoko nearly brought a tear to my eye. Unbelievable talent, I'd lose a limb to have him back at Leeds #Lufc— Marcus (@MarcusUnderdown) January 31, 2018