Bielsa responds when asked if Cresswell is Premier League ready, as Leeds face West Ham on Saturday
Marcelo Bielsa has suggested Charlie Cresswell has given him something to think about, ahead of Leeds United’s clash against West Ham on Saturday.
The Whites play host to West Ham as they look to finally secure their first Premier League win of the season. The Hammers, though, are on fire.
Having picked up eight points from a possible 15 in the league, West Ham won their opening Europa League match last week – 2-0 against Zagreb.
Then, on Wednesday, they joined Leeds in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup thanks to a 1-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Leeds are without Robin Koch, Diego Llorente and Pascal Struijk on Saturday – and Luke Ayling is also a doubt as Leeds welcome West Ham.
So, Cresswell could be in line to feature. Asked if he is Premier League ready, Bielsa responded – suggesting Cresswell has given him a headache.
Performance the other day is not definitive. A lot of arguments he took advantage of his opportunity,” Bielsa said, when discussing Cresswell.
“In the game at Newcastle, after taking Ayling off, I pushed Shackleton in as DM and Phillips in defence, instead of Cresswell – which was more natural.
“That indicates a position of mine on Cresswell. He has taken a big step forward. I have to read that message,” Bielsa continued, as per Leeds Live.
Bielsa on Cresswell: Ready to start for Leeds against West Ham?
While it is worrying that Leeds may have to turn to a teenager to fill in in the defence, it might just be the perfect time to let Cresswell sparkle.
He has played twice at senior level now, but not in the Premier League. West Ham are on fire, probably one of the best sides in the league.
However, what makes West Ham arguably one of the more ideal teams to face on debut – is that the Hammers have plenty of big, physical players.
Leeds struggled with that last season. They need a player that can challenge the likes of Michail Antonio, Craig Dawson, Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek.
Cresswell, although young and on debut, is excellent in the air. In the 23’s, it looks likes he’s playing with children. He might relish an aerial bout.
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