By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

29th Jan, 2023 | 8:10pm

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Paul Robinson admits it would be “unfortunate” to see Charlie Cresswell leave Leeds United permanently but suggests that the defender may need to so he can further his career.

Cresswell, 20, is currently on loan at Millwall but he’s only played one minute’s worth of action in the London club’s last six Championship matches.

There has been talk of Leeds terminating his loan spell at The Den while there’s also speculation about a permanent sale of the England Under-21 international.

The Sun reported on 21 January that Middlesbrough want to sign Cresswell with a £4million deal, plus extras, being something that both Boro and Leeds should agree on.

Sun journalist Alan Nixon added on his Patreon page on 29 January that Coventry City are also keen on Cresswell and have made an approach to sign him in a cash deal.

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Robinson believes Cresswell may need to put his career first and quit Leeds for good but he admits that would be a shame for the West Yorkshire club, who have a real talent on their hands.

Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “It would be unfortunate to see him go on a permanent deal. He’s been on loan at Millwall and I’d rather see him continue to be out on loan.

I don’t think he’s played as much as he would have liked to have played at Millwall so another loan for him, with an option to move would be better.

He’s a good player with an excellent character but he hasn’t had the opportunities.

The idea of sending him out on loan was to get game time but he hasn’t had that. He needs that to develop into a better player.

Leeds would take a risk if they sell Cresswell now. It could be one that comes back to haunt them.

If he’s not going to be in the squad at Leeds and not going to be in Jesse Marsch’s thoughts, he could be thinking, ‘I don’t want to be sticking around here. I want to get out and play football’.”

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