Leeds United could sell Cresswell and re-sign him on loan after transfer report - pundit view

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Paul Robinson isn’t surprised to see top Premier League clubs being linked with young players at Leeds United.

The Sun reported on 1 January that Manchester United and Liverpool are interested in signing Charlie Cresswell.

Leeds are reportedly fighting to keep hold of the 19-year-old centre-back, who’s said to be happy to stay at Elland Road but could potentially leave at the end of the season if the Whites are relegated.

Sun journalist Alan Nixon says Cresswell “may be one to go if they go down and need to cash in”.

Robinson is worried that Leeds’ impressive youngsters will attract this kind of interest but has mooted the possibility of the Yorkshire club selling players and then re-signing them on loan.

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“It’s always going to be a worry for Leeds,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

Look at the crop of players they’ve got coming from that Under-23s and what Mark Jackson’s done with that group.

When games were getting called off up and down the country, we had a bench of youngsters and a 15-year-old. It shows you the quality of players they’ve got in the academy and the quality of players coming through.

I think Leeds will have other teams looking at their youngsters who are coming through because they have the foundations in place, they’ve signed players and developed them.

But the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City, if they’re looking at Leeds players then they’re only going to sign them and loan them back out somewhere.

It’s a thing for Leeds where they sell the players and then take them back on loan. But I don’t think there’s any value of doing that.”

Cresswell is currently out injured until February but the impressive young defender has done well in his five senior appearances for Leeds United this season.

Marcelo Bielsa has had to call upon the Preston-born teenager every now and then due to the never-ending injury crisis at Elland Road, which has now claimed Cresswell.

In other Leeds United news, a non-league club has mocked Aston Villa over their interest in Kalvin Phillips.