One thing that Leeds United have at Elland Road is a surfeit of midfield players, this being one of the Whites’ strengths.
At times though, it can cause some consternation as head coach Steve Evans juggles selections to suit opponent strengths, some players unfortunately not seeing game time.
One midfielder who is highly-rated at Elland Road is youngster Lewis Cook, already an established England Under-20 international and holder of a European Championship Under-17 winner’s medal.
In this weekend’s game against Burnley, Evans opted to go with a lone striker in Chris Wood with Lewis Cook as part of a five-man midfield. Playing with two natural wingers in Mustapha Carayol and Stuart Dallas, Cook was asked to play the ‘number 10 role’ in the slot behind Wood.
When asked by TV Yorkshire about whether he [Evans] thought that the experiment with Cook playing as a 10 worked, the Leeds United head coach was adamant it was a successful switch, intimating that Lewis Cook was like the Scarlet Pimpernel at times – in that he couldn’t be found by the Burnley players.
Commenting on this part of Cook’s play against the Clarets, Evans said:
“I thought he caused them enormous problems, enormous problems. I think the two central midfielders of Burnley didn’t know where he was half the game. He didn’t just pop up centrally, he popped up left and he popped up right.”