It still rankles many Leeds United fans that Lewis Cook is no longer at the club, these fans saying that he was pushed out of the club, or let go far too cheaply.
Cook signed for Bournemouth on July 8 last year, signing on for the Cherries after coming up through the youth and academy system at Elland Road. All he’d known was Leeds United, the fans lamenting his early leaving indicating that it would prove to be a loss for the Whites.
After coming through the ranks at Elland Road, Cook broke into the first team with style and aplomb, taking the step up in his stride and quickly establishing himself as a shoo-in for the match day squad. Over two seasons, the impressive Cook made 80 appearances for the Whites in the Sky Bet Championship, scoring a similar worldie to the one above against Fulham and providing three assists.
Injured for most of his first Premier League season, Cook has only dished out six appearances for his new side, contributing just the single assist. Full of potential, Cook was selected for England’s Under-20 squad and he’s just opened his England account with this long-range effort (below).
Lewis cooks up a treat and Leeds United fans comment on Twitter
In fairness, the goal he scored against Fulham for Leeds was much more eye-catching than this one for England. That’s not the point though, what is the point is the effortlessness that Cook has taken another step up in class, opening his England account in the Under-20 World Cup in style.
Here’s what some Leeds fans think of not only his goal, but also the thoughts of some Leeds fans that it was the right thing to sell the youngster to Premier League Bournemouth.
— CK (@ephemeraljoy) May 23, 2017
— Catling22 (@catling10) May 23, 2017
Not only is Lewis Cook’s father (above) getting in on the congratulations, but many other Leeds United fans are also wanting to add in best wishes of their own.
I miss Lewis Cook 🙁
— Beth (@BF_lufc) May 23, 2017
Just seen @lewiscook_ just scored out in korea. Still think he was the thing missing from our team this year
— Scott Ingram (@LufcScott) May 23, 2017
The brilliancy of Lewis Cook’s opening goal was sadly cancelled out by the stupidity of the Guinea equaliser where a strongly hit backpass from Chelsea starlet Fikayo Tomoro swept past a stranded Manchester United keeper Dean Henderson.
But what hurts Leeds fans is not the loss of a goal advantage for the Young Lions, it’s the loss of a Young Lion himself.