By Adefunmiloye Alani

25th Sep, 2021 | 9:40pm

Leeds United fans applauded Charlie Cresswell's first touch as a PL player

Charlie Cresswell made his Premier League debut for Leeds United against West Ham United on Saturday, and he was superb.

With Diego Llorente, Robin Koch, Pascal Struijk and Luke Ayling all unavailable for selection against the Hammers due to injuries, the 19-year-old English defender was called into action, and he rewarded Marcelo Bielsa’s trust in him with a fine display.

Cresswell was paired alongside Liam Cooper in central defence, and he was tasked with limiting the influence of Michail Antonio.

Leeds fans were proud to see one of their own make his debut, and he received a very warm reception from the home supporters.

As shared by Graham Smyth and Joe Donnohue, the teenager was applauded by the fans the moment he made his first touch, and that surely helped calm any nerves he had.

The Yorkshire Evening Post journalist posted on his personal Twitter account minutes into the game.

He said: “Lots of applause as Charlie Cresswell gets his first touch.

“What a dream come true, at 19.”

Donnohue of Leeds-Live posted: “Charlie Cresswell’s first touches as a Premier League player applauded by the Leeds fans.

“Big tackle on Antonio in the centre-circle draws similar plaudits. Touch-tight so far.”

Huge debut

Cresswell put in an impressive shift against the Hammers, and he would have been gutted that it ended in a late defeat.

The teenager did a fine job keeping Antonio at bay, but he was not able to stop the striker from grabbing the winner in the closing stages of the game.

The Leeds United man had the most touches (80), completed most passes (54), made most passes in the opposition half (24) and recorded the joint-most clearances (three).

It was a great debut despite the result, and fans are definitely going to be seeing more of him going forward.

He has proven his quality with the Whites under-23s and did not look out of place playing against some of the best players the Premier League has to offer.

Leeds have a lot of quality players with massive potential in their youth ranks, and the Elland Road crowd would have been very pleased with Cresswell’s performance against West Ham.

Bielsa never hesitates to give youngsters a chance if they are good enough, and the Argentine can be rest assured that he can always call upon him against any opposition.

In other Leeds news, Emma Jones has hit back after Robbie Savage told Whites fans to be worried.