Mills: Cresswell tipped to start for Leeds v West Ham amid 'father' reveal
Danny Mills has suggested Charlie Cresswell could make his Premier League debut for Leeds United as a starter against West Ham.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender claimed he was very impressed with Cresswell’s performance against Fulham in the Carabao Cup.
The 19-year-old partnered Kalvin Phillips at the heart of defence as Leeds progressed after a penalty shoot-out.
It was just his second outing for Marcelo Bielsa’s side after he made his debut in the same competition against Hull City last season.
Cresswell was named on the bench against Newcastle United last week with Luke Ayling lining up alongside Liam Cooper as an emergency centre-back.
Bielsa revealed in his pre-West Ham press conference Ayling was a doubt after limping off at St. James’ Park with a knee injury.
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Diego Llorente and Robin Koch will miss the visit of the Hammers while Pascal Struijk will serve the final match of a three-game suspension.
“If everybody else is injured then potentially yes, he could start,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“He’s probably the fifth choice down the list but with all the injuries and suspensions…
“First of all, he’s a good defender. I know his Dad and I’ve seen Charlie come through the ranks, he likes defending. That’s really important in this day and age who don’t like defending and can often be caught out by that.
“As a player that goes in there, he’s immediately on the front foot.
“He’s strong enough, he’s powerful enough, he’s got the attributes. I think you need to play him alongside someone experienced in the Premier League to nurse him through the first games.
“Without a doubt, at some point, he needs to be given a chance.”