Leeds United were knocked out of the Carabao Cup in midweek by League One club Hull City, but teenager Charlie Cresswell did get to make his first-team debut for the hosts at Elland Road.
Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa made 11 changes to his side for the second round Carabao Cup tie and his team were eventually beaten 9-8 on penalties.
Ex-Leeds player Mallik Wilks scored early for visitors Hull and put in a really eye-catching performance to show how far he’s progressed since his departure, but Ezgjan Alioski did send the match to penalties with his 93rd minute strike.
The Yorkshire giants will now be focusing on the Premier League after an early cup exit and will be looking to get their first points on the board this season when they host Fulham at the weekend.
Leeds have had a string of talented youngsters come through the Elland Road academy in recent years and fans got to see another in action against Hull.
Cresswell completed 90 minutes on his senior debut and he could have scored with a headed chance in the first-half.
The 17-year-old centre-back was thrown straight into the deep end by Bielsa and it would have been a real learning curve for him, as he had a tough battle with Hull attacker Wilks.
He posted a message on Twitter after making his debut and received a response from 19-year-old Leeds academy graduate Ryan Edmondson, who is currently out on loan at Scottish club Aberdeen.
— Charlie Cresswell (@cressyyy5) September 17, 2020
Well deserve my man, keep pushing bro🙏🏼💙
— Ryan Edmondson (@Ryan_edmondson9) September 17, 2020
Bielsa clearly has a real faith in the young players emerging in the Leeds ranks and a first-team debut should be a huge confidence boost to Cresswell.
It’s a pity that the club are now out of the League Cup and many fringe players may have to wait until the return of the FA Cup to get any senior minutes.
But ball-playing defender Cresswell can now look to continue his progression at youth level and be ready to take his next chance in the first-team.