By Joe Ellis

4th Sep, 2022 | 9:10pm

Leeds United must recall Charlie Cresswell in January after Millwall cameo

Leeds United were picked apart by Brentford in Saturday’s demoralising 5-2 loss and Jesse Marsch could do with one of his loanees returning.

While Diego Llorente and Robin Koch were bullied by the Bees’ attack of Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbuemo, young centre-half Charlie Cresswell put in a match-winning performance on loan at Millwall in the Championship.

The 19-year-old came off the bench for the Lions to score the game’s first goal at home to Cardiff City before setting up the second late on which Benik Afobe smashed home.

That epic display comes after he scored twice on his debut for the club on the opening day of the season to take his tally to three already after just a handful of games on the board.

When you compare that to what Koch and Llorente managed against Thomas Frank’s side there is no comparison and if Jesse Marsch wants the best defence possible at Elland Road, then he has to recall Cresswell in January and get him in the first team.

In an ideal world, he would probably pair Pascal Struijk with the English teenager and have a proper left-back start every week but even if the Dutchman is still needed out there, Liam Cooper could be a good enough partner and the ideal person to learn from.

Unfortunately, with the transfer window closed, loans cannot be recalled so Cresswell is effectively stuck at The Den until January rolls around and by that point, it could be too late for Leeds United.

They really need to try and carry the early momentum they have built through the next few games to drag themselves towards the top seven or eight places and away from the mess at the bottom of the league by any means.

In other Leeds United news, the PSV Eindhoven director John De Jong has revealed what really happened with the failed Cody Gakpo approach on deadline day.