Leeds United skipper Liam Cooper advises ‘incredible’ teenager to deliver during Championship loan spell
The Leeds skipper knows this from experience, having spent time on loan with Carlisle United, Hartlepool United and Chesterfield in the EFL as a youngster at Premier League Hull City.
Cresswell came through the ranks at Thorp Arch and broke into the senior team last season, getting a full 90 minutes at Elland Road against West Ham United on his Premier League debut. The England Under-21 international is highly regarded at Elland Road and seen as a big part of their future plans, but he needs playing time and Millwall can provide it.
Cooper hopes Cresswell will benefit from his absence as much as he did at a similar age, but he says Leeds will also benefit from the move.
“For me it was amazing,” the club captain told YEP.
“Going on loan and playing games. Charlie is an incredible player and it will only benefit him to go and play men’s football and be considered one of the starters every week. It’s a state of totally different mindset. How you prepare for each game, how you stay fit. In the league it’s games every two or three days. It’s about mentally staying in there and preparing for each game and that will only benefit him and in the long run it will only benefit us as a club.”
Cresswell, who won league titles with the Leeds Under-23s, proved a popular figure with first-team Thorp Arch players. He was considered part of the senior team by Jesse Marsch and made five appearances in the top flight last season. Marsch’s predecessor handed the teenager important roles at the end of two Premier League games to see a draw and a win, while Marsch used him against Wolves in a thrilling 3-2 win. Cresswell played an integral part in the celebrations as his boyhood club survived the fall and then went on international duty, starting three of the Young Lions’ four post-season games.
Millwall are also winners in this deal, according to Cooper.
“He’s an amazing boy,” he said.
“He has a good attitude and I know he will go out there and deliver, that’s the kind of person he is. Playing men’s football is all you want as a young boy and he will. do. He has everything to go and be a top player.”