Monday, 27 March 2017

How important is it for Lewis Cook to get game time now?

Injury and the use of Jack Wilshere this season has perhaps mean tat we have not seen as much of Lewis Cook as we might have. Lewis was great in pre-season last summer and it was a bit of a shock that he did not get a good run in the team and came back from an England U21 international with an ankle injury. Since then, it has been a real struggle for him to get up to the level that would see him included in match day squads, but we saw him again as an unused sub for the Swansea City game and the likelihood is that we may just see him get some time playing before the end of the season.
Lewis Cook has been rarely seen at Dean Court.
That possibility may depend largely on whether there are injuries or suspensions to other central midfielders, but when Surman, Arter and Wilshere start games there is a good chance that both Gosling and Lewis Cook would find a place on the bench. Finding time for Lewis though I think is crucial for him now. He has missed most of the season and he is not going to be taking his game on if he does not get some time now. It is all the more important if you consider what AFCB may have in terms of central midfielders next season. Will Emerson Hyndman be pushing for a regular place? Will Jack Wilshere no longer be at the club and does Lewis Cook have to get ahead of Dan Gosling?


The difficulty I see or Lewis is that he has not yet been given the chance to build a partnership with any other midfield player in the centre of the park. Would he be best playing with Arter or Surman or could he even be filling the place where Jack Wilshere has been involved this season? Lewis would need to be played in a few of games to really see what he can do in the Premier League and I'm like many who would not mind him being given a game or two if there is a chance to do this.

Eddie usually plays safe in picking his team and is perhaps now going to try and keep the two up front option going for a while, and with Jack Wilshere not sneaking into the team at the moment, this makes it hard for Lewis to even do some stretches on the touchline, let alone get on the pitch. 


  1. He has no chance of playing..I am afraid just another really bad transfer decision...actually just a weakness of the manager who signs players and does not give them a proper chance

  2. I think we need to get at least one more win before these kinds of questions are considered by Eddie. If we have 38 points with two or three fixtures left then fine. If we have injuries then also fine... but otherwise no.

  3. I think its too Lewis Cook's detriment that he's been above Hyndman in the pecking order. At least Hyndman gets to go out on loan and get some game time.

    I think come end of season things will change because either we lose Wilshere or we sign him. Either outcome defines the AFCB future of players like Hyndman, Lewis Cook, and even Dan Gosling I'd say.