Last summer Newcastle were interested in Leeds United’s 19 year-old Lewis Cook – and news today is that Rafa Benitez may be interested in bringing the player to St. James’ Park this summer.
The youngster has only one year left ion his contract at Leeds, where he had another very good season and he has so far played 85 times for Leeds United with two goals – and he looks like a future star player in the making.
Some top Premier League clubs are also said to be interested in the 9 times capped England U19 International
Lewis Cook – 19 year-old English central midfielder
Cook was named the Football League Young Player of the Year for last season and he can play in either central midfield role and also on the wing.
He has played for the England U16, U17, U18 and U19 teams and has 27 youth caps in total for England so far.
Cook was born in York and he joined Leeds when he was 7 years old and eventually came through their Youth Academy.
He made his professional debut in the first game of the season before last – in August, 2014 – coming on as a substitute against Millwall, and he has been a regular in the first team ever since.
Rafa Benitez is now in total control of all transfers into and out of the club, so anybody we are interested in means Rafa is interested in the player – always assuming the reports are accurate.
Benitez may want to bring in some top youngsters to the club this summer, and then he can integrate them into the squad and they will get to know how Rafa wants the team to play.
We have already seen how Benitez can quickly improve players like Andros Townsend, so it’s likely he could do the same with a number of top youngsters in the Newcastle squad, which will have to be bigger than last season for the 46 game Championship season.
It’s gong to be interesting to see just which players Rafa brings in during the summer months, since he is under no pressure from owner Mike Ashley to sell any of the players we currently have.