Former Leeds United player Ben Parker has singled out Charlie Cresswell for praise after his performance in last night’s Carabao Cup defeat to Hull City.
The 17-year-old was making his first appearance for the club, with Marcelo Bielsa playing an experimental side in the cup competition.
Cresswell couldn’t help Leeds prevent defeat but his performance caught the eye and he looks set for a bright future in the game.
Parker played 55 games for Leeds from 2005-2012 and now works as a pundit on the Whites’ games for LUTV.
Following last night’s game, he took to Twitter to congratulate the Leeds youngster following his first appearances, explaining that Cresswell could be very proud.
— Ben Parker (@ben_parker19) September 16, 2020
Cresswell will probably spend the current campaign operating in the under-23 ranks, especially with Leeds’ participation in the League Cup over.
Given how well he performed last night it perhaps wouldn’t be completely surprising to see Leeds try and get the youngster out on loan.
Playing men’s football every week with three points on the line is likely to be better for him that under-23s football and it remains to be seen which route Leeds will take for their exciting talent.
Leeds have a proud history with their youth academy and the pathway to the first-team, with plenty of options adding to the under-23s this summer.
On last night’s evidence, Cresswell might just be the next exciting starlet to emerge from the conveyor belt of talent.