Noel Whelan has told BBC Radio Leeds (broadcast on 16/9; 22:06) that he thought that Charlie Cresswell was fantastic as the 17-year-old made his Leeds United debut on Wednesday night.
Cresswell was brought into the team for the Carabao Cup tie with Hull City at Elland Road. It proved to be a really disappointing night for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
The game went all the way to penalties. But that was only after Gjanni Alioski bagged a late equaliser that the Whites really did not deserve.
Leeds were lacklustre throughout the contest. But Whelan insisted that the youngsters who did feature should take none of the criticism that comes the team’s way.
And the former Whites striker picked out the teenage centre-back as a standout performer on a hugely disappointing night for the Premier League side.
“I’m taking nothing away from the young lads,” he told BBC Radio Leeds. “I thought they were excellent. Charlie Cresswell, I thought was fantastic. Great debut by him. Really pleased.”
Cresswell has been one of the youngsters to really catch the eye in pre-season. The fans have previously lauded the defender after a video emerged on social media showing him looking like a revelation on the training ground.
Unfortunately, Leeds’s cup exit reduces the likelihood of Cresswell featuring for the first-team in the coming months.
But he certainly showed signs that suggest that there is a bright future in the senior side ahead for the starlet.