The Whites academy ace continues to impress for the Elland Road U23s as Thorp Arch coach Carlos Corberan looks to build on last season’s heroics.
A number of Leeds United fans have been commenting on Twitter following the Whites Under-23s playing out a 0-0 draw with Birmingham City U23s and, although many of the players weren’t quite on form, one youngster did catch the eye.
Charlie Cresswell – son of Leeds cult hero and current Whites head of academy coaching Richard Cresswell – has progressed through the age groups at Thorp Arch, going on to captain the Under-18s side.
This season he’s made the step up to the U23s and has continued to impress to the point that he and fellow U23s graduate Stuart McKinstry were offered professional contracts at Elland Road in September (official Leeds website).
Leeds U23s kept a clean sheet thanks in part to the efforts of Cresswell and his central defence partner Oliver Casey, both of whom were very good both in the air and on the ground, with the 17-year-old even weighing in with some Cruyff turns to get away from Birmingham’s attackers on occasion.
Here is what some of the Elland Road faithful on social media made of Cresswell’s display on the night at Tadcaster:
Charlie Cresswell looks excellent, exciting to see us bringing through quality cbs— Adam (@Hertswhitelufc) October 4, 2019
Really frustrating watch tonight. Birmingham going down to 10 men didn’t effect the game plan they came with (sit back & counter attack). #lufc did have a young U23 side with the first team being in London & injuries within the first team, Casey & Cresswell really impressed. https://t.co/GK43rxN4pW— BielsaCarajo (@carajo_bielsa) October 4, 2019
Casey and Cresswell were brillant tonight, from under 18s to under 23s, the partnership still going strong. #LUFC— FocusOnLeeds (@FocusOnLeeds) October 4, 2019
it was overall a fairly lacklustre performance from the majority of the Leeds U23s team, who struggled against Birmingham U23s particularly in the first half when both sides had 11 men.
Even though the visitors saw a player sent off not long before the interval, the Whites still couldn’t find the breakthrough against their opponents as the game ended in a 0-0 draw.
Leeds U23s will be back in action in a fortnight’s time against the same opposition, this time away (Leeds website).