Charlie Cresswell is holding talks over a potential loan move to Millwall – but TEAMtalk understands that a second Championship side are also hoping to land the Leeds United defender.
Cresswell made his mark in the Whites’ first team in the season just finished, featuring six times in all competitions. Indeed, amid an injury crisis in central defence, the 19-year-old was handed a first Premier League start against West Ham in September. And Cresswell, up against powerful West Ham striker Michail Antonio, handled himself extremely well.
A regular on the Leeds bench and for their U23s side, Cresswell also won new admirers thanks to his call-up into the England U21s set-up.
However, with Liam Cooper, Diego Llorente, Pascal Struijk and Robin Koch all ahead of him, Creswell looks destined for a loan move away.
Rated highly by the Leeds coaching staff, it’s believed the chance to test himself with a regular run of games is exactly what Cresswell needs.
Indeed, his agent Hayden Evans made clear back in May that they would be seeking to get him more experience in 2022/23.
“You get the frustration of certain fans who say ‘if they’re good enough they’re old enough’ and they should be given opportunities, but there is a reasonable understanding about why he’s not getting the minutes when you see who is in front of him.
“But he has to get more football soon. We’ll have the usual conversations in the summer and see where it goes from there,” he told the Leeds That Podcast.
Sunderland also in Charlie Cresswell picture
The Lions, now managed by Gary Rowett, are understood to have held talks with the player and his agent.
However, sources have told TEAMtalk that Championship new boys Sunderland are also in the mix to sign Cresswell.
The Black Cats are back in the second tier after four seasons in League One. Sunderland boss Alex Neil is looking for new recruits as he bids to push the club into the promotion mix.
And roared on by their vociferous fanbase, there are plenty who fancy their chances.
Indeed, a move to the Stadium of Light may prove an excellent move for all parties.
The player will get the chance to play a regular run of games and show what he is about in the competitive world of the Championship.
Leeds, though, would be wise to include a release clause in his deal. The Whites may have four options in defence, but have shown themselves vulnerable in the past to picking up injuries to leave them short of options.