Phillips will be 'missed massively in midfield' for Leeds as another injury blow confirmed - pundit
Gabby Agbonlahor has tipped Charlie Cresswell to make his Premier League debut for Leeds United against West Ham – to avoid depriving the midfield of Kalvin Phillips.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England attacker delivered his verdict as Leeds are currently in the middle of a defensive crisis.
Robin Koch and Diego Llorente both missed the trip to Newcastle United last week while Pascal Struijk still has one game to serve of a suspension.
Luke Ayling deputised at St. James’ Park but limped off in the dying stages of the 1-1 draw.
The club confirmed on 21 September Ayling has a knee injury and missed the EFL Cup game against Fulham in a bid to regain his fitness for Saturday’s game against West Ham.
Cresswell lined up alongside Phillips at the heart of defence in the penalty shoot-out victory against the Cottagers.
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It was just the 19-year-old’s second first-team appearance and he is yet to make his league debut.
Asked whether he could retain his place against the Hammers, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “It’s hard.
“As much as Phillips can probably do a job back there, Leeds will miss him massively in midfield, running the game.
“I’m sure Bielsa will look at giving the young lad a chance. Sometimes when you give a young lad a chance they show they can do a job.”
Cresswell, son of former Whites striker Richard, is highly rated at Elland Road is the captain of the club’s Under-23s side.
The teenager also earned his first call-up to the England Under-21s squad earlier this season.