Leeds United Academy graduate Lewis Cook helped England under-20’s to the Youth World Cup months ago, becoming the first Englishman since Sir Bobby Moore to captain England to a World Cup win.
Last July, the 20-year-old called time on his 12-year Elland Road stay to join Premier League side Bournemouth, but has remained an inspiration to other Whites’ youth products at the club.
21-year-old midfielder Kalvin Phillips claims Cook has always provided him with healthy competition, with the fact that he broke through to Leeds senior team first proof of his talents.
Phillips, who has been a mainstay under manager Thomas Christiansen revealed of his admiration for the Cherries midfielder to Leeds United TV: “There was a kid younger than me and I was thinking how come he’s younger than me and he’s playing in the same team.
“But as you look at him now, Cooky, he’s doing exceptionally well at Bournemouth.”
While Cook has struggled to establish himself as a regular at Dean Court, featuring just once in the league this term, Phillips has played in all of Leeds Championship fixtures.
The English midfielder will hope to join his former teammate at the topflight next season as Leeds look to secure Premier League promotion after 14 years in the lower tiers.