Leeds United’s Lewis Cook has been named the Football League Young Player of the Year at the Football League Awards 2016.
Midfielder Cook, who succeeds last year’s winner Dele Alli, received the award at the gala ceremony at Manchester Central on Sunday evening in front of over 600 guests from clubs, sponsors and the football industry.
York-born Cook, 19, beat off competition from Fulham’s Moussa Dembele and Walsall’s Rico Henry, to claim the overall Football League Young Player of the Year Award.
The England Under-19 international, who was the recipient of the Championship Apprentice of the Year in 2015, follows in the footsteps of another former Leeds winner, Fabian Delph, back in 2009.
Cook made his debut for Leeds in August 2014 and scored his first league goal for United earlier this season, a superb 35-yard shot in February’s 1-1 home draw with Fulham back in February.
The award is presented to the best player in The Football League under the age of 21, or in the season in which he turns 21, the Young Player of the Year award celebrates the emergence of young playing talent at The League’s 72 clubs.