By Mark Smith

27th Sep, 2021 | 8:00am

Marcelo Bielsa was screaming at Charlie Cresswell after Leeds shipped late winner v West Ham

Leeds United were crushed on Saturday as they conceded a late goal against West Ham to lose 2-1 at Elland Road.

Despite being considerably weaker on paper, the Whites took the game to the Irons and were unlucky not to leave with at least a point.

Michail Antonio fired home the winner in the 90th minute, and Marcelo Bielsa was spotted screaming instructions after.

Those were aimed at Charlie Cresswell, the young talent making his Premier League debut in defence.

Phil Hay has shared in the Athletic this morning that Bielsa was urging his young enforcer forward in the dying moments.

“As the minutes of stoppage time counted down, Marcelo Bielsa and the coaches around him began gesticulating at defender Charlie Cresswell,” he said.

“Go forward, they urged him. Abandon the defence and get into the West Ham United box. Find a goal from somewhere.”


In no world is Bielsa under pressure in terms of job security, but he is a perfectionist and this run of form will be hurting him more than anyone right now.

Having to start Cresswell proved how big of a mess this defensive situation is at the moment, but he was excellent against one of the best strikers in the Premier League at this moment in time.

The youngster was colossal in the heart of defence alongside Liam Cooper and even nearly headed home a debut goal.

Having seen that earlier in the game, that likely persuaded Bielsa that he could cause problems in the final third but it wasn’t meant to be.

With Pascal Struijk now back available, Cresswell will likely drop down to the bench, but it is guaranteed that we will see him again in the future – he certainly earned that right.

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