'People inside Leeds' are 'staggered' by Cresswell - Whelan
Noel Whelan has revealed how people at Leeds United were “staggered” by Charlie Cresswell’s performance on his Premier League debut last month.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker and current club ambassador insisted there is no ignoring the 19-year-old at Elland Road after his breakthrough into the senior side this season.
As confirmed on Friday (1st October), Cresswell has been called up for England’s under-21s ahead of the upcoming international break.
Meanwhile, Cody Drameh, Lewis Bate, Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood have been named among the Three Lions’ under-20 side.
Cresswell was included for the under-21s in September but was left as an unused substitute against Kosovo.
He made his first league appearance for Leeds in the 2-1 defeat to West Ham (25th September).
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Whelan admitted he “loved everything” about the centre-back’s performance despite the result.
He revealed fellow those working at Leeds, including ex-professionals, had also been blown away by the teenager.
“There’s no ignoring him after that performance and how good he was,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“The applause from the fans, people inside the club, ex-professionals I work with, they were just staggered at how good he was on that day with everything he put on that field.
“He was immense, he was like a veteran on the day, rather than a young boy stepping in.
“Everything about his game I loved. The physicality and the way he dominated at times.”
Cresswell has played just three times for Leeds’ senior side to date.
Both of his other two appearances came in the League Cup.
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