AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe fully expects midfielder Lewis Cook to take his chance when it comes.
Cook joined AFC Bournemouth at the age of 19 having already made 85 appearances for Leeds United and breaking through to the England Under 19’s set up.
As one of the Football League’s most promising youngsters, he joined AFC Bournemouth for an undisclosed fee, reported to include a £6million initial fee rising to a possible £10million after add-ons.
He made his debut on the opening weekend of the Premier League season, as he was named in the starting XI against Manchester United.
However injury niggles have disrupted his campaign and he hasn’t featured in the Premier League since he damaged his ankle whilst on international duty with England’s under 20’s side in October 2016.
He made his return to the first team in the 3-0 defeat to League One side Millwall in the FA Cup three weeks ago, playing the final 16 minutes.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
‘Lewis’s state of mind has been very good. He has focused on getting himself fit and has worked incredibly hard.
‘He has a great attitude and really loves his football and you can see that on the training ground every day.
‘He is one we are really pleased to see back and we want to continue to develop him and, hopefully, when his chance comes he will be ready to take it.’
I see Lewis Cook scored in our 6-0 against Gosport in the Hampshire Senior Cup.
But our other first team squad players are getting little game time to get match fit.
Is there a league where our ‘reserves’ can get regular game time and be match fit and ready if needed in the first team? – Join the conversation here.
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