Pundit explains exactly why Leeds United breakthrough man stands out at his level

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Leeds United defender Charlie Cresswell stands out at his age level due to his willingness to be vocal on the pitch.

That’s according to former Whites defender Tony Dorigo, who has been impressed with the 19-year-old’s first-team performances in recent weeks.

It has been a crucial week for Cresswell in the course of his career you feel.

With Leeds suffering a central defensive crisis amid the absences of Diego Llorente, Robin Koch and Pascal Struijk, the teenager has found himself starting Leeds last two games.

That saw the young centre back help keep a clean sheet in the Carabao Cup tie against Fulham, before impressing on his Premier League debut against West Ham on Saturday.

Now it seems as though Cresswell’s willingness to make himself heard on the pitch for the first-team, has caught the eye, and ear, of Dorigo.

Speaking about the young defender in his column for the Yorkshire Evening Post, the former England international said: “What marks him [Cresswell] out as a lot different to others who make their debuts around the same age is how vocal he is.

“I’ve watched him a few times and he’s always organising players around him – I saw that at Fulham and again at West Ham.

“It takes a lot to come into that sort of game and have the confidence to play as he did and have that vocality in the heart of the defence. I like his attitude and his mindset.”

You do have to admire Cresswell’s willingness to be vocal on the pitch for Leeds.

Given he is a young player lining up with far more experienced and established professionals, you could understand it if he was willing to simply let them take the lead on the pitch.

However, the fact that he is not just doing that shows the confidence that he has to be a leader himself, which will serve him well throughout his career.

Indeed, the more communication there is on the pitch, the more efficient they can be, so the fact that Cresswell is willing to do this, can only be a good thing for Bielsa’s side.