If we learnt anything from England’s recent results against Germany and the Netherlands, it was how quickly we’ve become reliant on a youngster who only last season picked up the same award Lewis Cook claimed earlier this week.

While there were many changes to the England side which lost against the Netherlands, the most notable absence from our win over Germany was last year’s recipient of The Football League Young Player of the Season Award. Dele Alli, whose performances for Tottenham Hotspur this season had justifiably seen him thrust straight into the heart of England’s squad.

Following the meteoric rise of Dele Alli might be stretching Cook’s potential a little too quickly, but there’s no reason he too can’t be playing for the national side in a couple of years’ time, just like fellow Thorp Arch graduates James Milner, Danny Rose and Fabian Delph.

The latest Euro 2016 news at BetHut.co.uk has all three of those names as contenders for a place in the squad, with James Milner a nailed-on certainty while both Danny Rose and Fabian Delph look likely to join him.

At just 19-years of age, Lewis Cook has time of his side and with a bit luck, can make the rise to England squad as a Leeds United player. That’d most probably require promotion to the Premier League for Leeds, but Massimo Cellino is betting big on next year being the season Leeds finally achieve that, offering season ticket holders up to 50% money back if the club fails to reach the play-offs.

Having already attracted a lot of interest from the Premier League, that might all be irrelevant though. His recent award will only increase the hype surrounding the best young talent Leeds have produced in some time and no one could blame Lewis if he decided to take a shot at Premier League football, but hopefully, Massimo Cellino’s offer to season ticket holders will be seen as a statement of intent, encouraging him to extend a contract which only has a season left to run and help the club push for a long overdue return to the big time.

Whatever happens, Lewis Cook is a well-deserved winner of The Football League award. It’s been another poor and  forgettable season for The Whites, brightened only by the young talent we continue to produce. Standing head and shoulders above them all, Lewis Cook has an incredibly bright future ahead of him.

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