By Sam Stone

16th Jun, 2022 | 6:40am

Journo moots Charlie Cresswell transfer to Leeds United Yorkshire rivals

Leeds United defender Charlie Cresswell could make a move to the Whites’ Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United this summer, according to Yorkshire Live’s Kyle Newbould.

The 19-year-old centre-back featured five times in the Premier League in the 2021/22 campaign and a loan move away from Elland Road looks likely this summer.

Newbould believes that Cresswell’s family connections to the Bramall Lane club could mean a loan switch is on the cards.

The Yorkshire Live journalist wrote on Thursday 16 June: “Leeds won’t want to sell their defender – they see him as a natural successor to club captain Liam Cooper.

“But the demand for more minutes is likely to make a loan deal a possibility.”

He added: “The surname Cresswell might ring a bell for Blades fans, with the 19-year-old’s dad Richard having played 141 times for the club during his own career, and a move to Bramall Lane could be the kind of deal that suits all parties.

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“Sheffield boss Paul Heckingbottom – who managed Leeds when a 15-year-old Cresswell was in the academy – is keen to bolster the side’s defence.”

Loan is crucial

A loan move for Cresswell this summer is absolutely vital for the 19-year-old’s development, even if it is 35 miles south and to Leeds’ fierce Yorkshire rivals.

The young defender has had a taste of Premier League football, but the odd top-tier appearance won’t be beneficial to him or Leeds.

Featuring week in and week out in an intense Championship would be invaluable for the defender and after his exploits for England’s under-21 side, there is no reason why the youngster won’t go on to be a success.

Leeds’ is the perfect environment for younger players to develop with the Whites possessing an impressive group of younger under-23 talents that often feature for the Jesse Marsch in first-team proceedings.

Lewis Bate and Joe Gelhardt are two impressive examples that have made an impressive impact at Elland Road this season.

It would not be a shock to see Cresswell succeed at Elland Road in the coming years, joining the likes of Gelhardt and Bate as regulars in Marsch’s plans.

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