Leeds United recognised at EFL Awards for role in Lewis Cook development

Former Leeds United player Lewis Cook.Former Leeds United player Lewis Cook.
Former Leeds United player Lewis Cook.
Leeds United were recognised on Sunday evening at the EFL Awards in London for their role in the development of midfielder Lewis Cook.

The 21-year-old has been a major success story in recent weeks after landing his first England cap in a 1-1 friendly draw at Wembley against Italy last month.

Cook, who is just one of the graduates to come out of Thorp Arch in the last few years, was named in an EFL starting XI to highlight and give special recognition to those Football League clubs who have aided the careers of players who have gone on to be successful at Premier League level.

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Goalkeeper Joe Hart, defenders Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Ryan Sessegnon and fellow midfielders Jonjo Shelvey, Aaron Ramsey, alongside forwards Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling and Callum Wilson made up the eleven with Cook.

The now Bournemouth midfielder made just four appearances in his first season with the Cherries after sealing a £6m switch to the south coast from Elland Road in the summer of 2016 but has gone on to impress for Eddie Howe's side this campaign featuring 26 times in the top flight.

Cook made his debut for the Whites as a 17-year-old under former Whites boss David Hockaday coming on in the 64th minute against Millwall and notched his only career league goal so far against Fulham the following season with a memorable 35-yard strike at Elland Road.

He has enjoyed success at England youth level winning the under-17 European Championships in 2014, before captaining the under-20's to World Cup glory last summer.

In April 2016, whilst still on the books at United, Cook was also recognised by winning the Football League Young Player of the Year Award.