Charlie Cresswell has barely put a foot wrong since he was promoted to the Under-23s squad after standing out in the Under-18s.
The 17-year-old defender, who is the son of former Leeds player Richard, has become a key part of Carlos Corberan’s Under-23s side and has already shown that he might be future captain material for the Whites.
Cresswell is a commanding centre-back.
Oliver Casey and Pascal Struijk have won first-team debuts under Marcelo Bielsa this season but once football is back on, you would assume that Cresswell is just behind them in the pecking order or maybe even ahead of them by now.
One of Cresswell’s best performances came in the FA Youth Cup back in February, even though Leeds lost 1-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The teenager commanding the back-line superbly, not only by shutting out the Man United attackers for almost the whole game but also his leadership skills stood out.
There was not one Man United attack where you didn’t see Cresswell organising the defence, bellowing at his team-mates to maintain discipline against one of the top youth sides in Europe.
Leeds fans have already been waxing lyrical about Cresswell too. Here is a selection of their tweets after an earlier FA Youth Cup game in which he scored twice, while wearing the captain’s armband against Hull:
You looked class last night Charlie, keep up the good work, I’ll look forward to seeing you in the first team !! MOT !! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— Paullee1mal 💙💛🤍 (@Paullee1mal1) December 6, 2019
Brillant last night 👏🏻👏🏻
— FocusOnLeeds (@FocusOnLeeds) December 6, 2019
you were class big future for you pal 👍
— Karl lugg (@luggadino9LUFC) December 6, 2019
The future certainly does look bright for Cresswell and we hope to see him make a mark in Bielsa’s first-team in the coming years.
Once he finally establishes himself and starts to show off the leadership skills he has done at youth level then there’s no doubt that the teenager could become Leeds’ captain.
He might replace Liam Cooper in more ways than one in several years’ time.
In other Leeds United news, this 20-year-old ace should be made available for loan.