YouTuber and Leeds United supporter Joe Wainman has claimed that he would like to see Charlie Cresswell remain at the club, but he needs to get more first-team experience under his belt.
Leeds are reportedly ready to have a conversation with Cresswell regarding what will happen with him next season as he returns from international duty with the England Under-21 squad in the past few weeks.
Cresswell made his Premier League debut last season, but went on to finish the campaign with just five top-flight appearances. With the poor season that Leeds had, Jesse Marsch may be expected to bring in new talent in the summer, and he has already confirmed two new signings in Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen.
With Cresswell playing a sporadic role for Leeds last season, Wainman has claimed on the JustJoe Football Show that he needs more experience in the first team.
Discussing the defender’s first-team chances, he said: “Charlie Cresswell will get game time. So I’d like to see him stay, but of course, he does need more in-game, high-level man’s football experience. He’s been smashing it at England Under-21s.
“He bleeds Leeds, he gets Leeds, he will be a future captain of Leeds United – he has the mentality for it, for sure.”
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Leeds were almost relegated to the Championship last season, and had to rely on results elsewhere on the final day to ensure their top-flight status for next season, and Marsch has acted quickly by making two signings so soon, with both players brought in having previously worked with the American at RB Salzburg.
With Leeds looking like they are going to have a busy transfer window, Cresswell might see himself slip further down the pecking order at the club, so it might be best for his development if he moves to a Championship side to get first-team experience, rather than just sitting in the under-23s, where he has already proven himself.
However, as Wainman alluded to, with the mountain of injuries and suspensions Leeds had to contend with last season, there is every chance Cresswell can impress Marsch with a run of games in the side, provided he can keep himself fit and take his chances when they come his way.