Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Is Lewis Cook an ideal candidate for the Cherries?

There has been significant chatter about Lewis Cook since last January and while the 19-year-old Leeds midfielder has signalled his desire to develop at the Yorkshire club it is apparent that Eddie Howe rates him highly and is looking to add more strengthen to the midfield area of the team. 

Being another young British player in the Championship will no doubt raise his price, but Eddie has always talked well of Leeds manager Steve Evans and, if he could drag Steve Fletcher way from him when he was at Crawley, believe me Eddie will be respectfully listened to be Steve Evans, as they both know that Lewis Cook is destined for the Premier League and they may both agree that AFCB is a good place for him to start that education if Leeds can't offer the player that.

We have seen how difficult it is to integrate foreign players into the team in recent season and the home-grown players are stronger in AFCB's side than just about any other Premier League club. The incentive for Lewis Cook is clear if he wants to play at the higher level and the Cherries have been more vulnerable when Harry Arter picks up injuries. 

Eddie appears to be changing the team by bringing in mainly young energetic players now. The players at the club will have had a season in the Premier League and can help those that have not yet experienced that. The next season in particular is the best time to pick the riches of the lower leagues as AFCB's players still have clear knowledge of the difference between League One, the Championship and the Premier League. When you have seen it and done it, it is far easier for young players to take the leap and come on board, and like Dele Alli we have seen that some players can quickly adapt to the top league if they are given the chance.

There is also another factor that I believe makes Lewis Cook tan ideal man for Eddie Howe to go after. It is the dressing room. We have seen with Lee Tomlin that when players fall out of line they are quickly moved on, and there is a better chance of integrating players that want to prove themselves and don't believe they have already made it, just because they are at a club like AFCB. Lewis Cook will hopefully have a long career ahead of him and while Leeds fans won't want to lose another quality player like Sam Byram, who went to West Ham Utd, it will be hard for the player to keep resisting the attentions of AFCB and other Premier League clubs this summer, while Leeds Utd can almost name their price this summer.

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