By George Overhill

30th Jun, 2022 | 9:40pm

Leeds United agree terms with Millwall for Charlie Cresswell loan, medical now booked

Millwall have won the race to secure Leeds United youngster Charlie Cresswell on loan for the new season, according to the South London Press.

The London side had been thought to be at the front of the queue to land the defender this summer until newly-promoted Sunderland joined the race.

But the Lions are now believed to have agreed terms on a temporary move for the 19-year-old, with the medical scheduled to take place early next week once he returns from his summer break.

He has been on England under-21 duty this summer, hence the late return from holiday.

Amid an injury crisis at Elland Road in the 2021/22 season the under-23s captain was pressed into action in the first team on six occasions, albeit with three of them only substitute appearances in the dying minutes.

Hopes are high for his future at United and a campaign on loan in the Championship is seen as a potential spring-board into a greater first-team role.

Development

Cresswell is seen as a leader among the younger players at Thorp Arch and has spoken previously of his desire to emulate senior captain Liam Cooper.

Considering the shakiness that the Whites defence exhibited when the skipper was missing during the relegation-threatened campaign just gone somebody capable of organising and motivating would be a major boon for the future.

The teenager has the sort of combative style that should put him in position to be a success in the second tier, with an eye to taking that experience into the Premier League assuming there is not to be any flirtations with the drop again in the upcoming season.

That is the plan but in the back of his mind may be the fact that Cody Drameh shone on loan with Cardiff last term and was rewarded by the club signing Rasmus Kristensen from Red Bull Salzburg.

A true pathway into the first team for younger talents is an issue at many top flight teams and while the right back could be in line to fill Luke Ayling’s place when the older man moves on he may have had first-team expectations this summer.

Cresswell can only worry about how he performs for now in his first experience away from United, as he looks set to make temporary exit from the club at a time when a more permanent one is making the headlines.

In other Leeds United news, as one highly-rated youngster is on the way out the club have been battling to bring another one in and his future is on the brink of being confirmed.