Leeds United journalist Beren Cross has given his views on the future of defender Charlie Cresswell following his recent announcement.
Having been a key member of the club’s dominant U23 side last season, making 21 appearances for Mark Jackson’s side and even getting on the scoresheet a couple of times, the club recently rewarded the 19-year-old with a new contract at the club that will keep him at Elland Road until the summer of 2025.
But now that his long-term future has been sorted, the next question is what is going to happen to him in the short term. Cross spoke about Cresswell’s situation on the latest edition of The Blue White and Yellow podcast, and he felt as if he won’t be in a position to challenge for a first-team place just yet and should be looking to move away from the club on loan next summer:
“I wonder if next summer whether he finds the same situation that Oliver Casey has found, because there’s four senior, virtually international centre-backs – once Pascal [Struijk] gets a call-up – in his way.
“And I wonder if next summer maybe they look at it and think, ‘we’ve got you under contract now for a long period of time and you are very much our future, go out on loan for a season and just play some League One or Championship football’ and see if that can move him on.
“But Cresswell has all the hallmarks of a future Leeds United player, if not a future captain, with how well he’s leading and vocal he is. Anybody that watches the U23s will know he’s very, very talkative and leads from the front.”
TIF Thoughts on Beren Cross’ comments about Charlie Cresswell…
Do you think Charlie Cresswell is ready to play senior football at Leeds?
It’s interesting that Cross should talk about next summer and what the plans should be for Cresswell, because those plans should really be going into place now.
If Cross thinks that the club should be looking to loan him out to play first-team football next season in League One or the Championship, then why wouldn’t the club think about moving him out to a League Two side now to aid his development even further?
Surely if the idea is to get him playing senior football, the club should be looking to do so as soon as possible, as that way they can find out what his level is for further down the line.
If things don’t work out straight away, then they could always recall him and keep him in the academy for a bit longer, but they won’t know until they try.