AFC Bournemouth have continued their summer spending spree as they snapped up highly rated Leeds youngster Lewis Cook for £7 million earlier this week.
The 19 year old midfielder has been tipped as a potential England midfielder in the future, and impressed with Leeds last year, earning himself the Football League’s Young Player of the Year award under the guidance of Steve Evans.
Cook has been recognised at youth level for England, having played for the Under 19’s on nine occasions. He featured 80 times for The Whites, after having made his debut in 2014, and has one goal to his name for the club.
However, after spending his formative years with the club who handed him his professional début, he has moved on and has stressed how Eddie Howe’s insistence on giving youth a chance was a factor in his decision.
The manager has done great things here and likes working with young players. I’m only 19 so I’m still young, you need to look for those managers who want to improve young players and he has the faith in me to try to improve.
Bournemouth survived comfortably in their maiden Premier League season and have added youngster Mousset to their ranks and are chasing Liverpool youngster Jordan Ibe. It could be an exciting season for the Cherries with Howe’s transfer plans already underway.