Leeds United: On Loan Cresswell Shines for Millwall

Leeds United's US head coach Jesse Marsch (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Leeds United's US head coach Jesse Marsch (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images) /

The start of the Championship began this weekend and perhaps the most impressive debut was by Millwall FC, defeating Stoke City 2-0. The stage was taken over by Leeds defender, Charlie Cresswell, who is on loan to the London club.

A strong start as they begin an important campaign. Individually, it is a huge test for the two Leeds United loanees, Cresswell and Jamie Shackleton. Both players have shown promise at Elland Road but were not guaranteed many minutes this season under Jesse Marsch.

Both players were in the starting lineup and put forth a solid effort to contribute to the victory, but Cresswell opened the eyes of the entire football community.

Cresswell’s Hot Start

Cresswell put in a goal in each half to contribute to the scoring for the day. Both goals were put in off corners.

From Day 1 at Millwall, Cresswell has made an impression on the group and coaching staff. Cresswell has been a presence in the box for corners at the start of the pre-season and does not seem to be slowing down.

Despite his scoring atributes stealing the headlines, he had a solid defensive performance and was a huge contributor to maintaining the clean sheet.

Futures for Leeds United Loanees: Cresswell and Shackleton

It is frustrating and promising at the same time for Leeds fans this weekend. Cresswell has quickly become a fan favorite in Yorkshire, but at just 19 years old, Cresswell is behind the veterans on the depth chart at CB.

Although no current CB on the Leeds squad is far and way better than Cresswell, it certainly made sense to loan him to Millwall to gain the experience.

No doubt that after this season, he will be a favorite to be in the starting lineup for the Whites on opening day. He is the type of player that will be wearing an armband soon for Leeds.

Shackleton has had a tough time breaking out but still has shown positive signs. Playing fullback gave him an opportunity for minutes last season under Bielsa.

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His natural position is in midfield, and he will have more of an opportunity to play there with Millwall than what he would have now at Leeds under Marsch.