Young central defender Charlie Cresswell left Leeds United last week to join Championship outfit Millwall.
A long-time rival of Leeds during their time away from the Premier League, the Lions possess some of the most passionate fans in the country – the one’s that expect their players to leave everything out on the pitch.
And in the shape of Cresswell, they have the perfect player. Still only 19, the towering defender has already played in the Premier League and more than matched West Ham powerhouse Michail Antonio during an early-season fixture.
His raw style suits the Championship, where the referee’s let more go and turn a blind eye to the occasional man and ball tackle. That, along with winning headers, is Cresswell’s game.
Unsurprisingly it hasn’t taken Millwall fans long to take a liking to their new centre-half, as he put in a solid performance on his debut, even getting on the scoresheet, with his new team going down 5-4 to Premier League side Crystal Palace in a thriller.
Social media was quick to recognise Cresswell’s display, with his headed goal quickly doing the rounds on Twitter, along with a clip of him pushing a young Palace player away with ease – highlighting his power and strength.
Millwall fans were loving what they were watching from Charlie with some even questioning how they had managed to sign him. Below are the best of the reactions from the playground of Twitter (beware of bad language):
Leeds fans weren’t wrong about Charlie Cresswell. He’s a proper player. Fuck knows what he’s doing at Millwall 😂🙌🏻🦁
— George Morey (@GeorgeMorey93) July 9, 2022
Fantastic player with a great attitude. Hoping he has a good season
— Nigel Fairweather (@filfyfabio) July 9, 2022
Cresswell is a unit some player
— Dom (@Dwil18) July 10, 2022
Pal he’s fcking mint! Strong as a man can be!
— Danny (@DannyMfc99) July 9, 2022
Charlie Cresswell 7 mins having a millwall shirt on and I already love him. Strong little fucker
— Jesse Edwards (@Jesseedwardsmfc) July 9, 2022
Charlie Cresswell looked the bollocks today 😮💨 #Millwall
— Tyler Podmore (@tylerpodmore) July 9, 2022
#Millwall Flemming, Cresswell and Honeyman have had great debuts. Things really are looking up
— Jim (@lionj1971) July 9, 2022
Do you do your Man of the Match votes online these days @MillwallFC ? Just asking for a (few thousand) friends 😉🤣💪
— damien matthewman (@Damien_J_M) July 9, 2022
Millwall’s best player?
Long gone are the days of struggling in the Championship at The Den. Now we’re loaning Millwall our youngsters!
Cresswell was one of Millwall’s best players against Palace, and I think there was a feeling among Leeds fans that he would do well in South London.
There were many Whites fans disappointed to see him go, but Jesse Marsch has a luxury of options at centre-half and we’re not in a position to have him learning on the job.
This loan move suits everyone and I don’t think there is a doubt that Charlie will return to Leeds a much better player!