By Danny Mills

2nd Oct, 2021 | 11:00am

Cresswell tipped to start for Leeds v Watford today after Pope's Twitter hint - Mills

Danny Mills has tipped Charlie Cresswell to retain his place in the Leeds United starting XI against Watford amid a selection teaser from Adam Pope.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender insisted Cresswell performed well against West Ham and there is no reason for him to be axed.

The 19-year-old was handed his Premier League debut last week with Diego Llorente, Robin Koch, Pascal Struijk and Luke Ayling all unavailable.

Marcelo Bielsa revealed in his pre-match press conference (September 30) that Llorente is available for the visit of Watford.

Struijk is also available after serving a three-game suspension after picking up a red card.

Asked whether he thinks that means Cresswell will be dropped to the bench, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I don’t, actually.

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“Bielsa has always been quite loyal to players. It reminds me a bit of when Martin O’Neill was my manager and age was sort of irrelevant. He wasn’t bothered about that. If you played and did the job that was it, end of.

“Marcelo Bielsa’s a bit like that, it doesn’t matter about reputation, it doesn’t matter about age. If you do the job, you stay in.

“It’s not like Llorente has missed one game and is head and shoulders above Charlie Cresswell at the moment. I look at it and think without a doubt, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t retain his place.

“It’s not like Virgil van Dijk had been playing and missed a couple of games and was now available. Llorente has been in and out since he arrived.”

Intriguingly, BBC Sport’s Leeds correspondent Pope hinted on his Twitter account on Friday night that Cresswell will retain his place alongside Liam Cooper.

Cresswell signed a new four-year deal with Leeds earlier this season and has now played twice in all competitions.

He also received a call up to the England Under-21 squad for this month’s internationals.

In other news, an Injury Expert is “shocked” as another Leeds United star is ruled out of Watford clash.