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English footballer Lewis Cook currently plays as a midfielder for the Premier League side Bournemouth besides his participation for the England national squad. He started his journey of professional football with the youth academy system of Leeds United. He made a steady progression through several age-levels at Leeds United during his time at the youth academy between 2004 and 2014. Cook became one of the key players of the U-18 team of Leeds before making his debut for the senior team.
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Besides his club career, Cook also represented the English squad in several competitions at various age levels. His most notable performance came when he helped the U-17 English side to achieve the UEFA European Under-17 Championship in 2014. He then helped the U-20 English team to hold the FIFA U-20 World Cup trophy in 2017. Cook captained the English side that participated in the U-20 World Cup in 2017. He is undoubtedly one of the best young talents of English football.
Cook joined the Leeds United Youth Academy in 2004 and graduated from the system. Besides Leeds, he also played for the Tadcaster Grammar School at U-13 and U-15 levels. He then made a great progression and played for the Under-18 team of Leeds. He achieved this feat when he was just 15 years old. Lewis earned praises all over the globe after he scored against Liverpool U-18 squad in the FA Youth Cup at Anfield on 1st March 2013. During his time in the youth academy, he proved himself as one of the most prominent football talents of England.
Cook started practising with the first team of Leeds United during the 2014-15 pre-season tour. He made his debut for the senior side in the first Championship match of the season against Millwall as a substitute on 9th August 2014. He then started for the squad in the League Cup match against Accrington Stanley on 12th August 2014. Cook made his Championship start against Watford on 30th August 2014. Despite playing excellently well, he got an ankle injury on 28th March 2015. That incident made him unable to play the final matches of the 2014-15 season.
Lewis received the Championship Apprentice of the Year award for season 2014–15 on 19th April 2015. He also achieved the runner-up spot at the Yorkshire Evening Post Player of the Year award for season 2014-15 on 1st May 2015. Cook then named as the Leeds’ Young Player of the Year on 2nd May 2015. He also achieved the second place in the Fans’ Player of the Year Award the same year.
Cook signed a contract extension with Leeds on 11th May 2015. The new extension made him stay at the club until June 2017. He scored his first goal for the club in a League Cup match against Doncaster Rovers on 12th August 2015. After his amazing performance for the club, Cook received several bids from Premier League clubs. Leeds manager Steve Evans and owner Massimo Cellino then rejected all the bids for Cook on 7th January 2016. Cook achieved the Football League Young Player of the Year Award on 17th April 2016. He also achieved the Young Player of the Year for the 2015–16 season at the club’s annual ceremony on 30th April 2016.
Cook signed a four-year contract with English Premier League club Bournemouth on 8th July 2016 for an undisclosed fee. He made his debut in the first EPL match of season 2016-17 against Manchester United on 14th August 2016. He suffered from a persistent ankle problem and missed most of the 2016-17 season due to that. Cook finally made his comeback after recovering from his injury in an EPL match against Tottenham Hotspur on 15th April 2017.
Cook was an integral part of the Under-17 English squad that achieved the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship trophy in May 2014. He then earned his call-up for the U-18 side for a match against the Netherlands in August 2014. Manager Sean O’Driscoll included him on the U-19 squad to play at the European Under-19 Championship qualifiers against Denmark, Azerbaijan and France in March 2015. Cook made his debut for the U-19 side against Azerbaijan on 28th March 2015. He was then selected as the captain of the Under-20 English side that represented the nation at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Under his captaincy, English squad defeated Venezuela in the final and won the first global tournament after 1966 FIFA World Cup. For his impressive performance for the U-20 side, Cook earned his first senior call-up for a friendly against Brazil in November 2017. He was then selected as the squad member for the pre-FIFA World Cup 2018 friendlies in March 2018. Cook made his international senior debut against Italy at Wembley Stadium on 27th March 2018.
Born in York, North Yorkshire, Cook is of English descent. He completed his schooling at Tadcaster Grammar School. As an interesting fact, Cook’s grandfather Trevor Burlingham won £17,000 on a bet that he placed on his grandson winning a senior England cap before turning 26. Cook currently concentrates fully on his football career and has no romantic relationships as of now.
Cook’s current market value stands at €15 Million. His current net worth is estimated to be around €4 Million according to the recent statistical report. He earns €35,000 weekly wages from his current club Bournemouth.
Cook helped his clubs Leeds United and Bournemouth to achieve several great victories over their opponents. Besides his club career, he helped the U-17 English side to win the UEFA European Under-17 Championship in 2014. He then helped the U-20 squad to win the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Some of the most notable awards that Cook received till now are as follows: