By Joe Ellis

25th Sep, 2022 | 6:10pm

Leeds United may have loan issue with Millwall boss in dark over financial penalties

Leeds United currently have two of their young stars of the future on loan at Millwall but their manager is not fully aware of the terms.

The Athletic reported on 20 September that the Championship side are required to play both Charlie Cresswell and Jamie Shackleton in a minimum number of games during their seasons at The Den.

Gary Rowett is the man in charge of the Lions right now but he is completely in the dark over these rumoured financial penalties that would come into play if the playing time requirements are not met.

“I’m not involved in the details and those sort of discussions,” said Rowett to London News Online. “Is it a financial penalty? Sometimes you pay a loan fee and every time a player starts that loan fee reduces.

“There is a way of encouraging game time for young loan players. But from my perspective, Cressy and Shacks are part of what we’re doing. We try and treat them exactly the same as any other player that is in our group.

“I wouldn’t pick the team based on any financial penalties.

“If you’re a Premier League club loaning to a Championship club, you want your player to play at least a decent amount of minutes. It’s probably more a case of that.”

That level of not knowing can be very dangerous for both clubs with the potential for breaking some kind of rule incredibly likely when there are blurred lines like this.

Leeds United have to know themselves what was agreed and then let Millwall know if they currently don’t to avoid any potential wrongdoing in the future over these loan deals.

They don’t want to burn that bridge either because Cresswell especially has enjoyed a fantastic start to the season under Rowett with three goals from centre-half already.

In other Leeds United news, Noah Okafor is on Victor Orta’s radar but his international manager has been touting him for a different move.