By George Overhill

7th Sep, 2022 | 8:40am

Leeds United loanee Charlie Cresswell scores elastico wondergoal in Millwall training

Leeds United youngster Charlie Cresswell may have taken his skills to a whole new level on loan at Millwall after footage emerged of him in training.

The defender has had a decent start to life in the capital, having scored three times for the Lions in six Championship appearances, but has divided fans’ opinions with another one he scored in training this week.

The Whites under-23s captain appears to successfully pull off an elastico and a nutmeg in one as part of a training drill before passing the ball into the net, but whether he meant to do it is a matter of interpretation.

The official Millwall Twitter account asked on Tuesday (6 September), “Skill or fluke?” over the footage of the 20-year-old apparently pulling off skill rarely seen from a centre-back and slotting it into the net to a cry of: “Ah Cressy that’s magic!”

There is no consensus in the comments below, although there are a number of fans putting it down to fluke, after what was at the very least a surprise from the United man.

Growth

It’s probably unlikely that Cresswell of all people is going to return from The Den of all places suddenly playing like Ronaldinho, but he certainly hasn’t faded into the background in south London.

This season is likely to be a key step in his development, with big things expected of him back at Elland Road.

With Liam Cooper continuing to suffer injury issues and the current starting pair of Whites centre-backs, Robin Koch and Diego Llorente, having an all-round meltdown in the loss at Brentford at the weekend (3 September) it would be nice if Cresswell was ready for a bigger role next year.

Scoring both in Millwall’s 2-0 win on the opening day of the season was an unexpected start for a player who had never scored in senior football, and a run of starts to begin the campaign was a positive.

Cresswell dropped to the bench as their form dipped but has been back involved over the past couple of games and scored again as a substitute in their latest win over Cardiff at the weekend (3 September).

The worst thing that could happen this season is for him to spend his loan uninvolved so it is a good sign for United that he’s already gained eventful experience.

If he can use it to strengthen his game in a defensive sense as well as in front of goal then it should turn out to be a positive step for him and the Whites when he returns.

In other Leeds United news, a recent development has changed the picture on a player that looked to be on his way out of the club soon.