Leeds United: Five performances that highlighted Lewis Cook as one to watch

Lewis Cook playing against Bournemouth in January 2015. Was this the game that piqued Eddie Howe's interest. (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

Lewis Cook playing against Bournemouth in January 2015. Was this the game that piqued Eddie Howe's interest. (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

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ELEGANCE, pace, tenacity, endeavour, skill; Lewis Cook is blessed with all those characteristics and plenty more besides.

Sadly, it looks like his footballing education will now continue at Bournemouth as opposed to Leeds United, with the Cherries close to sealing a big-money move for the prodigiously-talented 19-year-old - in a bid which will eventually worth £10m.

The overwhelming majority of Whites supporters are together on one thing. That they fully expect the York-born player to go right to the top and it is easy to see why, with some of his wondrous performances in the white of Leeds having belied his tender years in his two campaigns for the club so far.

The kid is the real deal..

Small wonder that his exploits have attracted the attention of most clubs in the top-flight, who all know about the consummate skills of Cook. It’s a name in every scout’s notebook.

Here’s five stand-out Cook performances and moments.

Leeds United 2 Derby County 0, November 29, 2014.

On an autumnal afternoon when all the pre-match talk centred on Derby’s Will Hughes, Cook majestically ran the show against the league leaders and put Hughes well and truly in the shade.

Mirco Antenucci may have taken the goalscoring honours, but that day was all about Cook who delivered a magnificent, coming-of-age performance.

Leeds United 1 Bournemouth 0, January 20, 2015.

Perhaps this was the first time that Eddie Howe’s card was marked about the prowess of Cook, although quite possibly not with the teenager well and truly on the scene before then. But if he wanted further evidence, it was provided here.

The Cherries may have been flying high, but it did not stop them being downed at Leeds, with Cook at the hub of operations in a classy, effervescent performance as the visitors were beaten on the road for the first time since September 30.

The young man was quite simply here, there and everywhere.

Leeds United 1 Fulham 1, February 23, 2016.

If you are going to wait over a season-and-a-half for your first league goal in club colours, you may as well ensure that when you do break your duck that it is a special one.

As it well and truly was when Cook fired home a sublime 35-yard strike in front of the South Stand - a goal to grace any occasion.

Cardiff City 0 Leeds United 2, March 8, 2016.

Leeds claimed their first victory over the Bluebirds in the Principality since the mid-eighties, with Cook at the heart of all things good in a mature, polished and stirring performance. A class act, alright.

Leeds United 2 Wolves 1, April 19, 2016.

A display from Cook that had both managers in Steve Evans and Kenny Jackett drooling afterwards.

Cook’s efforts came just two days after he picked up the Football League young player of the year award and his fine display showed just why he was awarded that prestigious gong.

Speaking after the game, Evans said: ‘I thought he was absolutely stunning in the second half. It was as good a midfield performance as you could wish to see.”

Evans may have been prone to hyperbole on occasions, but in terms of Cook, he most definitely wasn’t.

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