By Jack Cunningham

23rd Sep, 2021 | 8:30pm

Leeds United man Charlie Cresswell is ready for the Premier League

Marcelo Bielsa’s press conference on Thursday was not good if you are a Leeds United fan, as he confirmed that several first-team players would not play against West Ham.

Three players who cannot feature are Robin Koch, Diego Llorente, and Pascal Struijk, while Luke Ayling is a doubt [Leeds Live].

This leaves Liam Cooper as the only senior centre-back, and we believe it is time for Charlie Cresswell to get his opportunity.

The 19-year-old impressed in the Carabao Cup against Fulham on Tuesday and given the injury situation, it is time for him to play in the Premier League [Leeds Live].

The centre-back could have joined Sunderland in the last transfer window on loan, but he stayed and could now be given his Premier League debut [Ross Heppenstall].

Now, a game against David Moyes’ Hammers would be a tough match to be thrown into as they are in red-hot form right now and look capable of scoring at least one in every game they play.

However, Bielsa praised Cresswell, and it seems as if he has jumped up the pecking order slightly and now is his chance to make a first-team claim.

He has been described as “amazing” by George Elek, and was good on Tuesday, and given the injury situation, he has to look at this game on Saturday as the time to impress Bielsa [Quest].

We believe he is ready for his Premier League debut and would love to see him against the Irons.

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