Mills verdict on Cresswell landing Premier League debut after injury update in last 24 hours
Danny Mills is not convinced Marcelo Bielsa will hand Charlie Cresswell his Premier League debut for Leeds United despite the growing injury crisis.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England full-back insisted it is “absolutely vital” Bielsa’s side start winning and he, therefore, may prefer more experience at the heart of his defence.
Luke Ayling joined Robin Koch and Diego Llorente on the Leeds treatment table after he was substituted towards the end of the draw with Newcastle United.
Leeds Live reported today (September 19) a timescale on the trio’s return has not been given so they could miss the trip to Fulham in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.
Pascal Struijk will also be serving the second of a three-game ban after he was sent off against Liverpool.
Asked whether that could mean Cresswell could be handed a league debut, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “It depends how serious the Llorente and Koch injury is.
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“It’s a case of now just getting through the next couple of games and they need some results.
“Charlie Cresswell’s a decent defender but can you throw him in at this stage? It’s a big ask, especially when you’re at the wrong end of the table and victories are absolutely vital.
“He might go for a safer, slightly less risky option.”
Cresswell, 19, is the club’s Under-23s captain and has been on the bench for the last four Premier League games.
He signed a new five-year deal over the summer and was included in the most recent England Under-21 squad.