When you have a decent young player and you are a jobbing mid-table Championship side, you become easy pickings for teams better placed or in a higher division.
That’s always the case, unfortunately so but always predictably the case. The higher division team sit and wait, preying like a vulture watching over a dying animal, looking to pick the bones clean.
At Elland Road tonight, as per Adam Pope’s Tweet, and the picture Tweet below, is Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe.
— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) April 19, 2016
— Phil Fraser (@Phil_Fraser) April 19, 2016
Listening to BBC Radio Leeds’ commentary pair Adam Pope and Noel Whelan, it’s clear that Eddie Howe is there to see just one man: Lewis Cook.
Howe has been a long-time admirer of the dynamic 19-year-old Cook, newly-crowned Championship Young Player of the Year, and the talk is that Howe’s presence is likely to signify that the Bournemouth manager is personally checking out the Leeds United youngster, a shining light and academy graduate from Leeds’ oft-mentioned Academy set up at their Thorp Arch training complex.
By all accounts, Cook has been having a stormer in front of the watching Howe and putting on such a display that Popey and Whelan were urging either the Bournemouth manager to leave early or Steve Evans to subtitute Cook so that the Bournemouth boss sees less of the young Leeds star’s brilliance – an all-action display that included a beautifully weighted pass to set up Toumani Diagouraga’s goal.
With Leeds United looking at another season in the Championship, can Cook’s brilliance be confined to another season and a push for the Premier League or will it be a case of riffling cheque book pages and sums involving many noughts?