AFC Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook was pleased to collect an assist during the Cherries 4-0 victory over Middlesbrough.
Cook joined AFC Bournemouth from Leeds United 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 disrupted his campaign and he hadn’t featured in the Premier League prior to his second half cameo at Tottenham earlier this month, since he damaged his ankle whilst on international duty with England’s under 20’s side in October 2016.
But with injuries to Arsenal loanee Jack Wilshere and Andrew Surman, as well as Dan Gosling struggling for fitness, Lewis Cook looked set to start against Middlesbrough.
Unfortunately for him however, Gosling returned from injury to re-take his place alongside Harry Arter.
But just before half time Gosling was withdrawn with a calf strain, giving Cook another chance to impress which he did, as well as set up Marc Pugh for the Cherries third.
Lewis Cook told afcb.co.uk…
‘…I was happy to get an assist but it was an all-round good performance by everyone with a lot of goals.
‘I got the ball, took a touch forwards and there were gaps around the pitch so I just played through the gap – Pugh’s done really well and I’ll take that any day.
‘I haven’t had as many games as I might have liked to have done but when I’m on the pitch I always want to try and do my best for the team…
I thought last summer that Cook had the potential be our number one midfielder before the end of this season. This did not become an option due to his injury and our subsequent addition of Wilshere but even more confident now that he will be a major player for us next season. – Join the conversation here.
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