Leeds United losing Charlie Cresswell would be a “huge blow”, according to podcaster and journalist Conor McGilligan…
The 19-year-old defender was linked with a surprise exit from Elland Road earlier this week by The Sun’s Alan Nixon, who reported that Premier League giants Manchester United and Liverpool were interested in his signature.
He only made his first-team debut back in September and is currently out injured with a shoulder problem.
“It’s Charlie Cresswell. There’s a lot of noise at the minute, apparently, between Manchester United and Liverpool looking at Cresswell.
“Apparently, they’ve sent scouts down to look at the Leeds United youngster. And by God, wouldn’t this be a huge blow to Leeds United if this were to happen?,” he said to the One Leeds Fan Channel.
He later added: “I think he is a future captain. His physicality, his athleticism, his power is obviously going to attract that of the big clubs, naturally. But where will Charlie play more games? It’s going to be at Elland Road.”
The 6 foot 3 colossus came through the academy system in west Yorkshire and whilst he’s yet to truly cement a regular place in Marcelo Bielsa’s starting XI, he is certainly one for the long-term future.
His debut – a defeat to West Ham United – earned rave reviews as he largely dealt with the threat of a then in-form Michail Antonio.
Last year, Cresswell captained the U23s to Premier League 2 Division 2 glory, also earning a call-up to the England U21 squad, and after he signed a four-year professional deal in August, he explained more about his style to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“I’m confident, I’m a leader, I like to play and I like to head it! There are lots of players in the first team that I look up to, the likes of Coops, Bill, they lead by example and that is what I want to try and follow,” he revealed.
During that loss to the Irons, Cresswell led the team for touches and passes, with Football Insider dubbing him a ‘pass master’ and he earned further praise from United presenter Joe Wainman, who said:
“These centre-backs that are not fit or are looking to come back into the side, they need to be worried, because that boy, for me, was unbelievable and I don’t think he should come out of the side. He’s a mainstay now, for me. I thought Cresswell was class, genuinely class.”
Losing a player of this calibre so early on in his Elland Road career would certainly be a bitter blow and a huge one at that, as McGilligan claims, too.
Bielsa and the club would surely be gutted as it would be hard to refuse a teenager the opportunity like this, especially if it’s one that hands the Yorkshiremen a hefty fee.
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