Charlie Cresswell should be fuming with Daniel Farke as Rangers exit path from Leeds United disappears
Charlie Cresswell has every right to be furious with Daniel Farke as one potential route to exit Leeds United looks set to disappear.
The young Whites defender was subject to interest from several clubs in the summer, but penned a new long-term deal at Elland Road under the guise that he had been promised regular football by the club.
But Cresswell has managed just six appearances in all competitions so far this season and finds himself behind Joe Rodon, Liam Cooper and Pascal Struijk in the pecking order at centre-back.
One of the clubs to make their interest formal was Scottish giants Rangers, who had a bid rejected for his services (Football League World, 19 June).
Then-manager Michael Beale wanted to add to his defensive options at Ibrox and saw England Under-21 ace Cresswell as an option to come in and bolster his squad but the Whites weren’t interested in listening.
Cresswell wants to play regularly and unless there is a significant change of fortunes between now and the January transfer window opening it’s likely that he could look to move to find that elsewhere as Phil Hay reported last month.
But the option of a move to Europa League playing Rangers in the new year could now be off the table after Beale was sacked as manager and they look to bring in a new man to lead their charge against Celtic.
Championship clubs such as Stoke City or Millwall could look to bring him in however, but the chance to step up on loan would have surely been a much more intriguing option for him to take.
With Farke’s promise failing to come to fruition, the chances of their relationship being damaged is real and that opportunity being gone now will fall squarely on the manager’s shoulders.
Cresswell seems very likely to be on the move in January but it would be a surprise to see him move to Ibrox now, and he can blame Farke for that.