By George Overhill

5th Nov, 2022 | 8:40pm

Leeds United loanee Charlie Cresswell's face battered after red card incident in Millwall vs Hull

Charlie Cresswell was left with a huge black eye and stitches in his forehead after the Leeds United loanee’s game for Millwall on Saturday.

The young defender was playing in the Lions’ goalless draw with Hull City when a high boot from Oscar Estupinan saw the Tigers player shown a straight red card.

Cresswell completed the game and helped keep a clean sheet, but was carrying the effects of it proudly after the match on social media.

Posting on his Instagram stories on Saturday after the game (5 November) the Whites youngster shared a photo of his battered face with the caption: “Love this game”.

Reacting on Twitter, The Athletic’s Phil Hay wrote: “I guess every centre-back needs one of these.”

Growth

Whites fans and coaches won’t want to see Cresswell getting booted in the face every week, but in some ways this is a good sign.

The 20-year-old is the kind of character who meets this kind of thing head on, and since he thankfully appears to not be badly hurt it is all experience that will prepare him for the Leeds United first team.

It wasn’t too long ago that it looked like his loan at The Den might come to an end in January, as Gary Rowett had changed formation and no longer had as much use for Cresswell.

But after missing out on even a place on the bench for a stretch of four games he has now played three and a half of the subsequent four.

Back-to-back clean sheets and coming through the wars to achieve it isn’t something that he will want too often but is likely to have shown what he is made of to both his manager in south London, and the staff back at Thorp Arch.

The drama in the 4-3 comeback win over Bournemouth for the senior side overshadowed some serious shortcomings in defence, so Cresswell developing into a first-team player would be very beneficial.

Liam Cooper produced a couple of key moments in scoring the equaliser and starting the move that led to Crysencio Summerville’s winner, but even he is struggling to organise the back line currently, so eyes will be on the youngster’s progress.

In other Leeds United news, Chris Sutton, Robbie Savage and Martin Keown all disagreed over a key moment that benefited the Whites in their wild win.