'Better than Van Dijk': Leeds fans impressed with Charlie Cresswell on debut
Leeds fans have been giving their instant reaction to the game with West Ham today, as the clash finished 2-1 to the Hammers at Elland Road.
The Whites started well and had a decent opening 45 minutes but couldn’t capitalise. Despite Raphinha opening the scoring, West Ham equalised in the second half when new Leeds signing, Junior Firpo, scored an own goal.
And in fitting with the pattern of the game, Michail Antonio scored a late, late winner for the Hammers.
Manager Marcelo Bielsa opted to give Daniel James a start on the wing, while Jamie Shackleton was also afforded the chance to impress. But all eyes were on young defender Charlie Cresswell, who was handed a debut at the age of 18.
Much is expected of Cresswell after his impressive rise through the ranks at the club. Like so many other young players, Cresswell has been given the chance to impress under Bielsa’s guidance.
And today, the teenager showed he has more than enough in the locker to be a Premier League player for years to come. Cresswell displayed a maturity in his game and could well get more chances this term.
Leeds fans, then, wanted to praise Cresswell on social media and Twitter was full of comments from impressed supporters.
Here’s a look at what some had to say about Charlie Cresswell today.
Charlie Cresswell is sick at football
— nic (@NicJones9) September 25, 2021
our Charlie (Cresswell) seems to be the real deal
— Mystery Soccer Transgender 3000 (@ElleBarker3313) September 25, 2021
I dont want to be dramatic but Charlie Cresswell is the best centre back ever to grace the beautiful game
— JU (@JSU1993) September 25, 2021
Charlie Cresswell What a player🤩🙌🏻
— Sebastian🇳🇴 (@SebastianHope) September 25, 2021
And not to get carried away but Charlie Cresswell is probs better than Van Dijk
— Charlie (@ChazRobertson96) September 25, 2021
If you didn’t already know, Charlie Cresswell most definitely has a great future ahead of him. Top top player for 18 #LUFC
— Cᴏɴɴᴏʀ (@CJM_LUFC) September 25, 2021