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One to watch: Bournemouth’s 21-year-old midfielder Lewis Cook

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One to watch: Bournemouth’s 21-year-old midfielder Lewis Cook

Introducing The Boot Room’s 2018/19 One to Watch series…

Lewis Cook is an accomplished 21-year-old. Already he has won an Under-17 European Championship, a Toulon Tournament, and has been an Under-20 World Cup winning captain.

Additionally, he has won a Football League Young Player of the Year award, and has now compiled over 120 competitive senior appearances and an England cap.

This season, Bournemouth will increasingly look towards Cook as their most important midfielder after he finished off last season as an undisputed starter as Bournemouth finished strongly and propelled themselves into a mid-table finish.

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The Englishman is a multi-talented midfielder.

He needs to be to fit into this side. He is not limited to the hard-nose dirty work, despite averaging more completed tackles per 90 minutes (2.7) than any other Bournemouth player in the Premier League last season.

He also successfully completed the third highest number of dribbles per 90 minutes (2) amongst Bournemouth players, behind Lys Mousset and Josh King.

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It points towards his ball-carrying ability – his willingness to win the ball back and burst forward through midfield.

Comparisons have been made between Cook and West Ham’s Jack Wilshere, including from Eddie Howe.

“Watching Jack was very beneficial for him,” Howe told reporters.

“There are parallels to draw between the two, they’re both dynamic players, creative players, they’ve got an eye for a pass.”

Season Ahead

While Bournemouth have reinforced the midfield this summer, most notably with the addition of Jefferson Lerma, Cook should retain his role as a starter.

He simply offers something different to the other options at Howe’s disposal in midfield.

Another successful season, and hopefully another England call-up, awaits.

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