An update has emerged regarding the future of Leeds United centre-back Charlie Cresswell…
According to Ross Heppenstall of the Sunday People, Leeds have rejected a loan approach from Sunderland for centre-back Charlie Cresswell.
There is also said to be interest from clubs in the Championship, but the Whites will turn down all offers and keep him in the first-team group next season whilst also handing him a new contract.
Leeds fans will be delighted for more than one reason about this news. For starters, the news of a contract extension is a massive boost as it will secure Cresswell’s long-term future at the club.
He has two years left on his current deal and the club would be in a sticky situation if they got to 2022 without extending it as other teams could look to swoop and snap him away from the Yorkshire-based side. Therefore, pinning him down to fresh terms could be a shrewd piece of business by the club.
Secondly, fans will be happy that he is remaining with the first team instead of going out on loan. At the age of 18, there is no need to rush him out to play regular senior football and he could learn plenty from working with Marcelo Bielsa and the senior Leeds stars on the training pitch.
“One of the towering, powerful headers he is becoming known for to put the visitors ahead. Read the game well throughout the evening until a boot to his face ultimately saw him come off. Was in the dugout icing his forehead before full-time.”
This highlights that he is already showing good signs ahead of next season and is making strides in his development. The best route for him now could be to learn from the current first-team centre-backs in training whilst listening to Bielsa’s coaching, before potentially heading out on loan next summer when he is slightly more seasoned and ready to make the next step in his career.
It is now up to the defender to get his head down and work hard in training to realise his potential and show Bielsa that he is ready for first-team action for the Whites.
He needs to take in as much information as he can from his teammates and use it to improve himself, which could allow him to grow more than he would playing in League One for a year.