Leeds had a difficult start to the 2021-22 season and their fighting continued over the weekend as they drew 1-1 at home with the Wolves.
The Whites scored a Rodrigo penalty at the last minute to secure a point and are now 17th on the Premier League table with just one win in nine games.
However, Marcelo Bielsa’s side have an opportunity to build some positive momentum ahead of their trip to Norwich on Sunday as they face Arsenal in the Carabao Cup at the Emirates Stadium tonight.
Now is the time for Bielsa to unleash 19-year-old colossus Charlie Cresswell against the Gunners from the start. The injuries to Robin Koch and Luke Ayling, both of whom can play as center-backs, opened the door to this game for the young defender.
Should Cresswell start?
Diego Llorente and Liam Cooper started against Wolves and Bielsa now has to drop the Spaniard to give Cresswell another eye-catching game.
Previously, he had hailed himself as a leader and named Leeds captain Liam Cooper as a role model. saying: “I am confident, I am a leader, I like to play and I like to be at the top! There are a lot of first team players that I look up to like Coops, Bill, they lead by example and that’s what I want to try to follow.
This suggests he might enjoy playing Arsenal alongside the skipper tonight. It could be a great opportunity for him to learn some valuable lessons from the Scottish international in a pressurized environment on the pitch, while also giving him the opportunity to demonstrate his leadership skills and impress the other senior players on the team.
The 19-year-old played against Fulham in the final round and showed an excellent performance. He got a SofaScore rating of 7.6 by making three interceptions and four clearings and winning a whopping 12 duels. Cresswell had 122 keys throughout the game and played 83% of his passes, which shows that he is a strong defender who is also composed and reliable on the ball.
That’s why he deserves a start tonight against the Gunners in the Emirates. If he can deliver another great performance, he could potentially force his way into the Premier League in the coming weeks should he impress Bielsa enough in the Carabao Cup.
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