Friday, 16 June 2017

World Cup winner Lewis Cook must now win more starts for AFCB

Lewis Cook may well have described last Sunday as the best day of his life, but there could be better days yet to come for the young England international if he can force his way into Eddie Howe's thinking more and snatch a central midfield starting role at AFCB. The need for the England U20 stars to get into Premier Leagues was made clear by England manager Gareth Southgate and it is evident that these players are not yet being seen often enough in the Premier League.
Lewis Cook must try and grab some of the midfield glory at AFCB next.
AFCB have tended to shelter some of the younger squad members and I suppose it has to be made clear that when the England U20s won their World Cup on Sunday they did so against another team that only composed of fellow 20 year-olds. The physical nature of English football and the competition from foreign players makes it difficult for these young men to break into teams.

Lewis Cook does appear to be a player though that can step up and he has already played well for the Cherries. If he can muscle out Andrew Surman to get some starts next season it will be the making of him and if he needed a confidence boost he has just been given a huge won by lifting the U20s World Cup. The feeling of winning is also good for AFCB as they start to see their squad bringing in potential stars of the national game in future.

Complacency is now what Lewis Cook must avoid. He has to believe he is good enough to make starts at Dean Court and while he will have had a long summer with the international games, he has to come back up for a real fight to win a position in the Cherries starting 11.

There are more of my articles on HITC today - see Warburton's hopes to resurrect Forest and Reading track Mubarak Wakaso.


  1. Cook appears that rare thing - a thinking midfielder - that England have missed so badly since Alan Ball. What a great signing !

  2. I'd be shocked if he isn't a regular starter next season. He has had his season of bedding in and he is more than good enough.