Oh, what could have been.
Former Leeds star Lewis Cook has been put on “standby” for England ahead of the World Cup.
.@lewiscook_ will be on standby for @England's World Cup squad #afcb https://t.co/s616MExrbN— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) May 16, 2018
Cook played for England in a friendly earlier this year after captaining the U20 team to a U20 World Cup victory last summer. If Leeds are to get back t the Premier League, young players like Cook need to be retained. So far, the brass at Leeds have been doing a good job of sealing up the young talent at the club, but they need to resist the temptation of doing what previous owners have done and look to cash out early and for less than market value for players like Cook.
Only time will tell if Andrea Radrizzani will repeat the mistakes of the owners before him. So far he’s done a lot of good with the team in the community, but to really take this club forward, he’s got to hang onto the young players.
On to the links.
Leeds United Links
Leeds are reportedly interested in Abel Hernandez. [Through It All Together]
Bailey Peacock-Farrell will join Stuart Dallas in the senior squad for Northern Ireland’s upcoming friendlies. [Through It All Together]
England and English Football Links
Everton sacked Sam Allardyce. [Royal Blue Mersey]
David Moyes is out at West Ham United. [Brace the Hammer]
Rotherham United beat Scunthorpe United 2-0 and 4-2 on aggregate to advance to the League One playoff final at Wembley against Shrewsbury. [BBC.com]
World Football Links
Former Leyton Orient striker Jay Simpson is a bad fit for the Philadelphia Union, and his contract is holding the team back. Why is he still there? [Brotherly Game]
Atlético Madrid beat Marseille to win the Europa League. [Into the Calderon]
A look at who the favourite will be between Santos Laguna and Deportivo Toluca ahead of the 2018 Clausura final in Mexico. [ESPN.com]
FC Nantes in France’s Ligue 1 announced that Claudio Ranieri will leave the club at the end of the season. [Football-Italia.net]