Former Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook produced another impressive display for Bournemouth in their 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday, and the Whites must be regretting selling him for just an initial £6m fee.
The Cherries signed the highly-rated youngster from the Yorkshire outfit for a fee that could rise to £10m in July 2016, and the 21-year-old has gone from strength to strength for the south coast outfit – establishing himself as a key first-team regular in more recent times having begun the campaign on the substitutes’ bench.
While Eddie Howe’s men fell to defeat against the Red Devils courtesy of Anthony Martial’s injury-time winner, the former Leeds youth graduate once again impressed and played a clever reverse pass in the build up to Callum Wilson’s opener for the hosts.
Cook earned his first senior England call-up back in March, and there will be plenty more to come if he continues his current progress.
You’d be hard pressed to find many people that believes that they didn’t, although you could argue that transfer fees have become far more heavily inflated since then.
To sell a player of his ability and clear potential for just an initial £6m is obviously a mistake, and the annoying thing for Whites fans is that it wouldn’t have happened – at least not for that low fee – had Andrea Radrizzani been at the helm instead of Massimo Cellino at the time.
It is clear that the technically sound Cook has a huge future ahead of him if he carries on his current path, but the Yorkshire club can do nothing about that right now and they will be hoping that they are playing in the same division as their former hero next season.