Leeds United manager Steve Evans has asked England under-19 manager Aidy Boothroyd to limit the amount of game time for Lewis Cook, reports the Yorkshire Post.
The under-19s are due to play 3 fixtures over the coming week, as they look to secure a place in the European Championships.
Cook has been a regular for Leeds, but was dropped to the bench this weekend amid concerns from his manager over his fitness. Evans is now hoping that the national team see what he has seen, and take Cook’s future into consideration.
“Cooky’s scheduled for three games. I’ve already made a request that we don’t send this boy into three games” said Evans
“They’re big games for England at that level and I appreciate the task those guys have got but we’ve got a young boy here who we’ve put on the bench for the right reasons. I’d expect England to be looking at that closely and dealing with it.
Leeds were defeated 4-1 at home by local rivals Huddersfield at the weekend, and with increased speculation around Steve Evans and his future with the club, the Scot may be glad of the upcoming international break.
Cook only came on as a substitute during the game and failed to have the desired impact.
Evans added, “Hopefully he goes away, gets a game and a half or whatever it is, and comes back ready for more action at Leeds United.”
The club face Rotherham on the 2nd of April, as Evans returns to his former club, and he will no doubt be looking to use these 2 weeks to get on the training pitch and get his side focussed for another Yorkshire derby.
Leeds fans…What do you think? Would you rather see Cook rested? Just how good is he? Let us know in the comments!!