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Millwall coach says Leeds loanee is a ‘rare breed’ of defender

Millwall boss Gary Rowett says Charlie Cresswell has attributes that are hard to find in defenders nowadays.

Cresswell joined Milwall earlier this season on loan to get more game time. His time with the club has been a great success, earning rave reviews for his performances in the Championship.

Gary Rowett believes in the youngster’s immense quality and says his type is very hard to find in modern football:

“He has done that really, really well in this last period of games. He’s been excellent for us.

“He’s had lots of good spells. He’ll admit it himself that he made two or three errors, that any young player would make. The key is not about making an error but learning from it and not repeating it too often.

“He has really calmed down and matured in how he thinks about the game.

“He’s getting the benefit from it because he has got amazing attributes for a young centre-back – aggression and desire, sometimes you can’t find them as much nowadays. Honing them is easier than finding them in the first place.

“He’s done really well and I’ve been really impressed. He’s got to maintain that level, like all of the defenders around him.

“Defending with composure is just as important as defending with aggression. You’ve got to make sure you make those good decisions.”

Cresswell has made 26 appearances for Milwall this season, scoring 5 goals in the league.

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