Leeds United: Young star Lewis Cook targets Premier League dream with Whites

Lewis Cook challenges for the ball with Reading's Oliver Norwood during Saturday's Elland Road clash.  Picture: Bruce Rollinson.

Lewis Cook challenges for the ball with Reading's Oliver Norwood during Saturday's Elland Road clash. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.

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THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE’S young player of the year, Lewis Cook, says he remains fully focused on matters at Leeds United, with his ultimate dream to play in the Premier League with the Whites.

Cook bagged an award won by Tottenham’s Dele Alli last year and by Gareth Bale in 2007 at a gala ceremony at Manchester Central on Sunday evening.

The award will further raise the profile of United’s prized asset, who is out of contract next summer.

But Academy graduate Cook is still dreaming of playing in the country’s top flight with Leeds.

A whole host of Premier League clubs are expected to bid for the 19-year-old when the next transfer window opens on July 1, but while refusing to be drawn on specific contract talks, Cook made no secret of his current happiness at Leeds.

Asked about his Whites future at his own Thorp Arch press conference the day after picking up his illustrious award, Cook admitted: “Obviously I have still got a contract at Leeds and that’s all I can focus on.

“I enjoy playing my football here and the club is great and all the lads are great so why not?

“Every young footballer wants to end up in the Premiership - it’s being the right time and whether you are good enough.

“Everyone wants to be there at one point in their career.

“That would be the dream - to do it with Leeds.

Reflecting on the achievement of becoming the Football League’s young player of the year, in company with previous winners Ali, Bale and Fabian Delph, Cook admitted: “Obviously they are great players and they have gone on to great things so there’s a bit of pressure for myself. But it’s all good.

“I still can’t quite believe it. It’s a bit of a surprise to me but I am really proud of myself.

“Thanks to the club and everyone who supported me.

“It’s a really big achievement.

“Obviously last year I got the apprentice of the year so it’s good progression for me. I am really happy to win the young player this year and it just shows that I am doing positive things on the pitch.”

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