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Leeds United academy graduate Lewis Cook has attributed his impressive development to his boyhood side after the AFC Bournemouth midfielder was picked in the EFL’s Club Developed XI at Sunday’s awards ceremony.
The 21-year-old has come on leaps and bounds this season at the Vitality Stadium, after a difficult first season with Bournemouth following his £10million move down south in the summer of 2016.
He has since picked up an England cap against Italy earlier this year, and is in with a shout of achieving a place in England’s World Cup squad ahead of this summer’s tournament in Russia.
Cook thanks Leeds for all of their support after the EFL named a team consisting of players who started their careers in the Football League. In what was a Special Recognition award, Cook was named alongside a whole host of Premier League stars.
“I’m honoured to receive this award,” Cook said. “It means a lot, obviously coming through in the Championship with Leeds United. Played there since I was around six years old, before two years in the first team.
“Played a lot of games, thick and fast. I learned a lot there, learned my trade, I’m really delighted to receive this award and I want to thank Leeds United and everyone who got me there, and the Football League.”
Alongside Cook, Joe Hart, Kyle Walker, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Ryan Sessegnon, Aaron Ramsey, Jonjo Shelvey, Dele Alli, Callum Wilson and Raheem Sterling were all picked after impressive seasons.
Cook is likely to start for Bournemouth on Wednesday night as the Cherries face Manchester United, in what is testament to the Leeds’ excellent academy at Thorp Arch that has produced talent after talent over the years.