By Pranav Shahaney

15th Oct, 2021 | 3:50pm

Leeds United ace Charlie Cresswell: Premier League players 'are like robots'

Leeds United defender Charlie Cresswell says players in the Premier League are programmed to move and think like robots.

The 19-year-old made his Whites debut in the EFL Cup against Hull City on September 16 but reveals that he felt the most nervous in front of a packed Elland Road when they took on West Ham.

However, he believes that nerves are not always a bad thing as they can help players focus on the task at hand.

In his recent interview with The Athletic, Cresswell said, “When I think about it, I probably felt more nervous before West Ham — just because it was the Premier League with a packed Elland Road.

“I can’t pretend I wasn’t, but there was more excitement than nervousness. Nerves are good, though. They make you alert. They sharpen you up. Everyone gets them.

“It’s weird in the Premier League, because the players are all like robots — they know exactly what to do and they do the right things over and over again. I couldn’t afford one mistake.”

Learning his lessons

Cresswell has been thrown into the deep end relatively early in his career and we only expect him to learn from it to come out stronger.

Surely, senior appearances for the Whites thus far have been far from perfect, but one cannot expect a teenager to deliver the same level of performances as a first-team regular.

It will take him some time to adapt and we’re Marcelo Bielsa will give him time as he’s aware that he’s got a talented player working under him.

Would it not have been for Leeds’ many injury concerns, Cresswell would possibly still be waiting for his senior debut.

However, someone’s loss is the other’s gain, and the 19-year-old stepped up and staked a claim for being a part of Bielsa’s plans.

We’re hoping to see more of the young English defender in the coming months and believe that he has it in him to become a first-team regular in the near future.

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