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Lewis Cook is awesome. But how I wish there was a senior player in the same role to protect him, nurture him and help him progress with less pressure. Imagine having a Scott Parker or a Joey Barton (without the antics) in that holding CM position with Cook backing them up or playing as their partner. Just feels so much better in terms of knowing the kid is in safe hands than having him play in the most important position in team in his first season. I'm not saying he will struggle. I just fear for the worst. As we saw last year with Mowatt, there is only so much individual brilliance can do when a team is in a rut. After a point, it'd affect their effectiveness and progress.
True Leo - Just that with Byram, his position doesn't need that much protection when compared to the holding midfield that Cook plays. As most certainly, once opposition learn of our 17 yr old kid in the middle, they will target him. Much of the action will be down the middle, especially the away games. Also, it would be mentally really tough on the kid to bear the pressure away from home when we're struggling - people would expect a reaction from his position first and foremost. He seems to be blessed with ability beyond his age but still, a senior pro would help in these times.
As well as Mowatt played vs Bolton, there is a world of difference between him and Cook. The latter was just different class. Mowatt was struggling by the 80th minute and yet he looks fitter than ever before. But Cook was like a boss - fantastic energy and quality for 95 mins.
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