Leeds United under-23s finally sealed the Division 2 title in the Premier League 2 on Friday evening after beating Aston Villa.

The Whites triumphed after dominating at Bodymoor Heath against a side including Wesley, Kortney Hause and Jed Steer among their ranks.

Sam Greenwood and Jack Jenkins got the goals, but skipper Charlie Cresswell missed out on the final whistle after being sent off.

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The captain still deservedly celebrated the title on the pitch afterwards, with the defender playing a colossal role in this amazing season.

Cresswell took to his personal Instagram account after the game, and Manchester City duo Liam Delap and James McAtee responded in the comments.

“Wow, greatness achieved,” one said.

Huge.

Cresswell will know the Manchester City duo from his time in the England youth squads, and they will be two of the players he will rub shoulders with next season.

This was only the young Whites’ first year at this level after a successful audit, and they have cruised past the majority of the opposition, crushing them on their way to the title.

Leeds’ academy will once again be taking on the likes of Manchester United, City, Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal; what a challenge that will be.

This will only prepare them even more for the challenge of impressing Marcelo Bielsa and making that jump to the first team, and each youngster will be buzzing around Thorp Arch at that proposition.

Cresswell will be at the heart of that, and he will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Pascal Struijk in the years to come.

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