By Joe Ellis

31st Jul, 2022 | 7:10pm

Leeds United may want to recall Charlie Cresswell after debut double

The deal to allow Charlie Cresswell to leave Leeds United on loan for Millwall was a questionable one and something they could come to regret.

The 19-year-old had been knocking on the door of Jesse Marsch’s senior squad but the American ultimately decided he was not yet ready to make the jump up and allowed him to join the Lions.

He made his debut at The Den on Saturday (30 July) as Millwall welcomed Stoke City in the first game of the new season and he starred to put Gary Rowett’s side top of the table.

The old-school defender was a menace at set-pieces and scored both goals in a 2-0 win with a bullet header and a superbly executed volley to steal the headlines.

Leeds’ Premier League campaign doesn’t start until next Saturday (6 August) but it is already too late for the Whites to recall the teenager even if they want to after seeing how well he played on his first start in the second tier.

Marsch does at least have a good number of players capable to play there so it won’t be a problem of depth but how many of them are definitely better than Cresswell is?

Pascal Struijk is the youngster who has impressed on a number of occasions and is set for great things if he is given the chance to shine and Liam Cooper is club captain so that might be the big two to start against Wolves.

But Robin Koch has not been overly fantastic and Diego Llorente similarly hasn’t been pulling up many trees during his time at Elland Road so could there have been a sale of one of those two to make room for Cresswell?

If he keeps up this kind of goal-scoring ability, it will be impossible for Leeds United to ignore him any longer and a swift return to Yorkshire will be in order.

In other Leeds United news, up to five Whites players could leave the club over the next month with three likely to be sent out on loan.